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One size does not fit all: Building inclusive education with Universal Design for Learning

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As an educator, it is a challenge to support the learning of students with different learning styles and needs. Students have different emotional, social, behavioral, sensory and physical needs and differ in academic ability, motivation, and preferences for learning. They come from different cultural backgrounds and some may have health issues. This course will help you meet the challenge of diversity by providing a framework and a set of strategies to overcome one of the major barriers to learning – inflexible, “one-size-fits-all” curricula.

This coffee course will explore Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a framework for inclusive education, which involves a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. It will look at UDL in practice and will give the participants an opportunity to examine their courses with UDL in mind. The course will introduce the principles of UDL, the rationale of implementing UDL, and look at its benefits for students and educators. There will be practical examples of how to implement UDL in the design of instructional materials, assessment, teaching methods, and other areas of learning design, as well as sharing of ideas amongst the participants on how they can or do apply UDL in their courses.


  • Day 1: What is Universal Design for Learning and why is it important
  • Day 2: UDL Principle 1: Multiple means of representation
  • Day 3: UDL Principle 2: Multiple means of action and expression
  • Day 4: UDL Principle 3: Multiple means of engagement
  • Day 5: Reflect and apply to your teaching practice

Course Dates

This course ran from Monday, 29 May to Friday, 2 June 2017 through this blog, but is accessible online to anyone interested. There are 5 blog posts that will each take about 10-15 minutes to work through.


Photo of Katherine Esteves Katherine Esteves is an Educational Developer with the ANU College of Law’s Education and Innovation Support Team. She has worked as a web designer, graphic designer, and multimedia specialist for 10 years before teaching in the higher education sector and specialising on distance education and educational technology.


Photo of Janene Harman

Janene Harman is an Educational Developer within ANU Online. Janene trains lecturers in using Moodle and creates Articulate Storylines for various projects. Janene has a background in visual arts, working as a practising and exhibiting artist.


All are welcome

We welcome all staff, including tutors, demonstrators, professional staff, and academics at the Australian National University to join us, as well as colleagues at other institutions. Professional development recognition is available for all ANU staff through HORUS.

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