UDL. It’s what’s for dinner.

The OSU Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) is getting some nationwide recognition for its Universal Design for Learning initiatives.

UDL poster

This year, ODEE staff served up an impactful UDL poster to raise awareness of the power of UDL for OSU’s Innovate Conference. Over the summer, Instructional Designers Jessica Phillips and John Muir were invited to deliver to packed houses the ODEE approach to UDL at both the Distance Learning Administrator’s Conference and at the UW-Madison Distance Teaching and Learning conference. Additionally, EDUCAUSE, one of the largest educational conferences in the world, has invited ODEE to share its work on UDL to an audience of important players in education across the country.

Even individual universities (University of Tennessee-Knoxville and University of Illinois-Springfield) are interested in what ODEE is doing and have requested customized guidance to help their institutions adopt UDL principles and practices. ODEE will visit both universities this fall to work with faculty and staff on integration of UDL and accessibility.

Mini-workshops ODEE will provide these universities include:

  • Easy Integration (integrating UDL/accessibility into workflows)
  • The Art of Building Buy-In (engaging in conversations that change mindsets about accessibility and UDL)
  • Creating Exemplars (giving assignments a UDL makeover and showcasing success)
  • Accessibility Top 5 (key considerations to avoid the top five accessibility pitfalls in online courses)

While ODEE is excited about this nationwide interest, it’s also looking for opportunities to share these practices and principles closer to home with faculty and staff across OSU. If interested in a custom workshop for your department, please email ODEEaccessibility@osu.edu or contact Jessica Phillips (.1507) directly.

In the meantime, check out the ODEE Community for Universal Design and Accessibility or attend our next UDL/Accessibility Think Tank!