Universal Design for Learning is an educational framework that builds on the concept of Universal Design to ensure that learning spaces and materials are accessible and inclusive for all learners. Its principles can be applied in all sorts of library settings from children’s programming at public libraries to the design of learning spaces and materials at institutions of higher education.
While UDL has a lot to offer in any instructional setting, it can be particularly useful as a means of focusing on accessibility and inclusion when planning remote and online educational programming whether this is a one-shot instruction session, a full semester class, or another type of program with educational goals. In this session, you will learn the principles of Universal Design for Learning and how these can be applied in various library settings.
Carli Spina is an Associate Professor and the Head of Research & Instructional Services at the FIT Library. She regularly publishes, presents, and teaches on topics related to accessibility, Universal Design, and inclusivity in libraries.