Creating a Syllabus based on the Principles of Universal Design for Learning and Equity
Impact on FacultyStudents are more apt to engage with and read a syllabus that is appealing and accessible. When engaged with material, learning is enhanced and students are more likely to calendar, remember, and hopefully comply with course deadlines.
Impact on StudentsWhen faculty upgrade their syllabus to universal design, the syllabus becomes more engaging, and creates a more welcoming and diversity-friendly classroom. When students engage with and read course materials such as the syllabus, student success will increase.
Toolkit OverviewThis toolkit shows you how to implement universal design elements into your syllabus, creating a learning tool that is more specific, accessible and useful for all students. By including additional details and steps, having a clear and welcoming additional needs statement that includes information about accommodations for student with disabilities, and making your syllabus available in multiple places, you will be doing a service to your all your students including students with disabilities, learning differences or other challenges.
Steps To Implement
1) Use the checklist included in the toolkit materials to evaluate your current syllabus and look for places where you want to changes your syllabus to make it more useful, specific and accessible.
2) Look at the sample Syllabus posted under materials to get ideas for how to implement these new ideas.
3) Write a clear and welcoming Additional Needs Statement about accommodations. It is recommended you read this statement out loud in class so students feel safe requesting the support they need
4) Create your new syllabus using the ideas on the checklist, and provide it to students in multiple ways; online (i.e. Canvas), via email, and a hard copy the first day of class.