Universal Design for Learning Workshop & Resources

In this post, you will find information about the Universal Design for Learning Workshop as well as some handy resources geared toward creating an accessible campus experience.

About the Workshop

What is universal design for learning and why do you need to know? On April 6, 2017, the CTE Faculty Learning Community on Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning designed a half-day workshop from 9:30-2:00 focused on the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for participants to explore ways to teach effectively to a broad audience of students. The day included a keynote from Dr. Beth Myers, Executive Director of the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University, and breakout sessions, catered lunch, and a resource fair.

This was a fragrance-free event for those with chemical sensitivities. Faculty, students and staff were welcome to attend the entire day or for a selected portion. Contacts: Katie Hoffman, CTE Program Assistant and Emily Nusbaum, FLC Facilitator.

Transcriptions from the Event

You can download typed transcriptions from the event, courtesy of Gleeson Library and Alternative Communication Services, by clicking the blue tab below.

Workshop Transcripts

Video of Keynote

You can click the link below to see a video of the Keynote by Beth Myers, Ed.D.

Keynote Video

Schedule and Program

  • 9:30 - coffee/reception
  • 10 - opening and keynote
  • 11 - breakout session one (see options below)
  • 12 - lunch, resource fair, Q/A with keynote speaker via Zoom
  • 1 - breakout session two (see options below)

UDL Program Click the image to download the program.

Breakout Sessions

Attendees chose to attend one of the three sessions from 11-12 and then a different session from 1-2. You can click the blue buttons to download handouts from two of the sessions.

  • Creating Instructional Materials (Nicole Cuadro and Angie Portacio)
    Description: Are you interested in learning how to apply UDL to your instructional materials? In this workshop we will take a close look at the resources developed by the Education Technology Services (ETS) team to assist you in developing instructional materials using Canvas and Microsoft Office products. We will share a few UDL best practices to consider while you develop your instructional materials. UDL was created to minimize barriers in curriculum and maximize learning for all students.

    Instructional Materials Handouts

    Additional resource: the Digital Education Blog: http://usfblogs.usfca.edu/usfid/

  • Universally Designed Assessments of Student Learning (Scott Kupferman)
    Description: This workshop will offer attendees a fun and practical opportunity to rethink assessments of student learning through the lens of UDL. Participants will gain an understanding of the inherent barriers that often arise when assessing student learning. Building upon this understanding, both formative and summative assessments will be discussed in relation to the following UDL principles: (a) multiple means of engagement, (b) multiple means of action and expression, and (c) multiple means of representation. Real-world examples of universally designed assessments will be provided. Participants will also receive access to a crowd-sourced UDL resource exchange.

    UDL Assessments Handouts

    UDL in Seven Words

    Participants wrote what they learned about UDL in seven words on Post-it notes. Click the above button to see these neat but brief lessons.

    Scott's suggested resources:

    The Canvas LMS Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) Checklist houses a template for evaluating Canvas' conformance with the accessibility standards under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Act WCAG 2.0 AA Standards.

    Canvas Accessibility Guidelines

    The National Collaborative for Disability and Technology site tagline is "200+ People With Disabilities And Engineers Working Together To Develop And Evaluate Accessible Technology."

    NCDT Website

  • Beyond Compliance: A Roundtable Conversation (Emily Nusbaum and Tom Merrell)
    Description: This roundtable conversation focused on supports and structures that faculty and staff need to use principles of UDL and develop a culture of access at USF.


"Teaching All Students: Universal Design for Learning in the College Classroom" Description: This presentation introduced key concepts from Universal Design for Learning and its application on a college campus. Faculty came away with UDL strategies that they could immediately incorporate into their classes to increase accessibility for all students.

Presenter: Beth A. Myers, Ed.D. Dr. Beth Myers is the Executive Director of the Taishoff Center for Inclusive Higher Education at Syracuse University. She is also The Lawrence B. Taishoff Professor of Inclusive Education, teaching in the Inclusive Elementary and Special Education Program. Beth holds degrees in elementary education, special education, and literacy from St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and her doctorate from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Myers taught in the Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania and helped to create a best-practice inclusive program there. Beth holds a dual appointment with the Kelberman Center for Autism Services as Director of Special Projects. She has provided school consultations for students and staff development to over 60 school districts. Additionally, Professor Myers has been the faculty liaison to the Syracuse City School District for the SUITR Program, a Masters Residency program in urban special education.

Accessibility Resources

Click the links below for some wonderful resources!

Special Notes and Thanks

USF is committed to making its events accessible and inclusive. If you anticipate needing an accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us in advance of your participation by emailing cte@usfca.edu.

This event was brought to you by the Faculty Learning Community on Accessible Pedagogy and UDL with support from The Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence and Gleeson Library and Geschke Center.