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FAQ

1. What is UDI?

2. What are the benefits of UDI?
3. How have college instructors implemented UDI principles when:
a. planning a course?
b. teaching a course?
c. assessing students’ learning?
4. How can I interact with faculty and other postsecondary professionals?
5. Where can I learn more about college students with disabilities?
6. Has research on UDI been conducted?
7. What is an “Instructional Product?”
8. How can I share my own example(s) of UDI?
1. What is UDI?

“Universal Design for Instruction (UDI) is an approach to teaching that consists of the proactive design and use of inclusive instructional strategies that benefit a broad range of learners including students with disabilities.”- Universal Design for Instruction Fact Sheet. For more information>>

2. What are the benefits of UDI?
“Universal Design for Instruction (UDI) is an approach to teaching that consists of the proactivedesign and use of inclusive instructional strategies that benefit a broad range of learners including students with disabilities.”- Universal Design for Instruction Fact Sheet. For more information>>
3. How have college instructors implemented UDI principles when:a. planning a course? b. teaching a course? c. assessing students’ learning?
“The nine Principles of UDI provide a framework for college faculty to use when designing or revising instruction to be responsive to diverse student learners and to minimize the need for ‘special’ accommodations and retrofitted changes to the learning environment. UDI operates on the premise that the planning and delivery of instruction can incorporate inclusive attributes that embrace diversity in learners without compromising academic standards.”- Universal Design for Instruction Fact Sheet. For more information>>
4. How can I interact with fellow faculty and other postsecondary professionals to discuss UDI?
“To provide students with cognitive disabilities (e.g., LD, ADHD, TBI, Psychiatric) a quality postsecondary education, the classroom milieu must be considered. Although faculty are required to make individual academic accommodations and modifications for the rapidly increasing number of these students with nonvisible disabilities, they are often unprepared to address students' learning needs. How do we empower faculty with the skills and supports necessary to teach these students? This project represents a new approach to this important question shaped by two concepts that can serve as mechanisms for change on college campuses: Universal Design for Instruction, and Faculty Development.”- Universal Design for Instruction Project (Phase 2) abstract. For more information>>
5. Where can I learn more about college students with disabilities? Back to Top
FacultyWare.uconn.edu provides access to a number of resources and voices that can help answer this important question.For more information>>
6. Has research on UDI been conducted?
To date, the Universal Design for Instruction Project at the University of Connecticut has published three technical reports summarizing research conducted with centrally important constituent groups (students, faculty, disability service providers) to ascertain members’ perspectives on UDI. For more information>>
7. What is an “Instructional Product”?
“An instructional tool or product is ‘any identifiable component of instruction used to accomplish a set of specifiable student performance outcomes.’ It is a ‘means for accomplishing student achievement’” (Kameenui & Carnine, 1998, p. 7).- Instructional Product Fact Sheet. For more information>>
8. How can I share my own example(s) of UDI?
College instructors (faculty members, adjunct faculty, and graduate Teaching Assistants) are invited to submit instructional products that reflect the use of one or more principles of Universal Design for Instruction, to be disseminated to other instructors via the Facultyware.com website. For more information>>
 
1. What is UDI?

UDI Fact Sheet (Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/files/udi2_fact_sheet.pdf

Principles of UDI (Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/files/UDI_principles.pdf

Examples of UDI (Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/files/Examples_of_UDI.pdf

UDI: A Work in Progress (text; Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/newsletter/vol1_1/workinprogress.htm

UDI: A New Approach to Academic Access (text; Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/newsletter/vol1_1/newapproach.htm

UDI Project (Phase 1): University of Connecticut (text; Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/files/Abstract_UDI1.pdf

Links to information about Universal Design (UD) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/cfm_pages/rr_links.cfm?cat_id=1

Links to information about Effective College Instruction www.facultyware.uconn.edu/cfm_pages/rr_links.cfm?cat_id=4

2. What are the benefits of UDI? Back to Top
Faculty perspectives:

Listen to the Experts (interview with Dr. David Zera; audio with text transcript) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/movies/interview_zera.htm

Diversity and Opportunity in Today’s Classroom (article by Dr. Dayle Upham; Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/newsletter/vol1_1/diversity.htm

Addressing Student Diversity in the Classroom: The Approaches of Outstanding University Professors (Technical Report; Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/files/Tech_Report_02_faculty_interviews.pdf

UDI Fact Sheet (Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/files/udi2_fact_sheet.pdf

Student perspectives:

Northern Essex Community College Students Participate in Focus Group (Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/newsletter/vol1_2/EssexComm.htm

Something To Hold On To (article about UConn Student Focus Group; Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/newsletter/vol1_1/hold.htm

Barriers and Bridges to Learning as Perceived by Postsecondary Students with Learning Disabilities (Technical Report; Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/files/tech_report_01_student_focus_groups.pdf

Disability service provider perspectives:
Disability Service Providers’ Perceptions about Implementing Universal Design for Instruction (UDI) on College Campuses (Technical Report; Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/files/tech_report_03_disability_service_providers.pdf
3. How have college instructors implemented UDI principles when:a. planning a course? b. teaching a course? c. assessing students’ learning? Back to Top
Examples Across All Course Components:
UDI Principles in Practice: An Interview with Professor Dorothy Reiss (text; Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/newsletter/vol1_3/reiss.htm

Practical Advice on Teaching From Outstanding Faculty (Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/newsletter/vol1_2/PracticalAdvice.htm

“Focus on Teaching and Learning” (Interview with Dr. Chuck Vinsonhalar, Mathematics professor; Real Media G2 video) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/products/4/chuck_real.htm

“Addressing Student Diversity in the Classroom: The Approaches of Outstanding University Professors” (Technical Report; Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/files/Tech_Report_02_faculty_interviews.pdf

Planning a Course:

Sample Study Guide (Special Education; Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/products/cover_sheet.cfm?Product_Num=1

Sample Faculty Interview (Special Education; Adobe Acrobat pdf; Real Media G2 audio) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/products/cover_sheet.cfm?Product_Num=3

Syllabus: Contemporary Issues in Developmental Disabilities (Education; Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/products/cover_sheet.cfm?Product_Num=107

The Step Process for Self-Selected Research Projects (Education; Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/products/cover_sheet.cfm?Product_Num=109

Universal Design for Instruction: A New Approach to Academic Success (Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/newsletter/vol1_1/newapproach.htm

Delivering a Course: Back to Top

Exercises to Promote Attendance & Focus Exam Preparation (Art History 137; Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/products/cover_sheet.cfm?Product_Num=102

Power Point Note Packet (Engineering; PowerPoint presentation) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/products/cover_sheet.cfm?Product_Num=104

Web Page Content for Courses in Electrical & Computer Engineering (Adobe Acrobat pdf’s) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/products/cover_sheet.cfm?Product_Num=105

Roadmaps to Successful Dialogue and Learning (Education; Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/products/cover_sheet.cfm?Product_Num=108

Icebreaker for a Writing Curriculum (English; Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/products/cover_sheet.cfm?Product_Num=112

Multi-Modal Multi-Intelligence Teaching Methods (Developmental Reading and Writing; Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/products/cover_sheet.cfm?Product_Num=113

Diversity and Opportunity in Today’s College Classroom (Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/newsletter/vol1_1/diversity.htm

Assessing Student Learning:

Sample Final Exam Grade Requirements (Special Education; Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/products/cover_sheet.cfm?Product_Num=2

Syllabus for Non-Maj Bio Course (Life Sciences; Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/products/cover_sheet.cfm?Product_Num=101

Sample Faculty Interview (Special Education; Adobe Acrobat pdf, Real Media G2 audio) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/products/cover_sheet.cfm?Product_Num=3

Optional Paper Assignments (Art; Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/products/cover_sheet.cfm?Product_Num=103

Multiple Choice Exam with Written Option (Natural Physical Science; Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/products/cover_sheet.cfm?Product_Num=106

4. How can I interact with fellow faculty and other postsecondary professionals to discuss UDI? Back to Top

Designing Inclusive College Teaching: Empowering Faculty to Promote Equal Educational Access for Students with Cognitive Disabilities (Project Abstract; Adobe Acrobat pdf) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/abstract.htm

Collaborating Schools www.facultyware.uconn.edu/US_map/us_map.htm

5. Where can I learn more about college students with disabilities?

Disability Resource Manual www.facultyware.uconn.edu/files/intro_to_disability_r.pdf

Demonstration Projects to Ensure that Students with Disabilities Receive a Quality Higher Education www.facultyware.uconn.edu/demonstration.cfm

Links to information about students with learning disabilities (LD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and traumatic brain injury (TBI) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/cfm_pages/rr_links.cfm

Barriers and Bridges to Learning as Perceived by Postsecondary Students with Learning Disabilities(Technical Report) www.facultyware.uconn.edu/files/tech_report_01_student_focus_groups.pdf

6. Has research on UDI been conducted?

Technical Report 01: Student Focus Groups www.facultyware.uconn.edu/files/Tech_report_01_Student_Focus_Groups.pdf

Technical Report 02: Faculty Interviews www.facultyware.uconn.edu/files/Tech_Report_02_ faculty_interviews.pdf

Technical Report 03: Disability Service Providers www.facultyware.uconn.edu/files/Tech_Report_03_disability_service_providers.pdf

UDI Mission Statement www.facultyware.uconn.edu/mission.cfm

7. What is an “Instructional Product”?

Instructional Product Fact Sheet www.facultyware.uconn.edu/files/What_is_a_Product.pdf

Examples of Instructional Products www.facultyware.uconn.edu/cfm_pages/published_products.cfm

8. How can I share my own example(s) of UDI? Back to Top

How to Submit a Product for Possible Inclusion on Facultyware www.facultyware.uconn.edu/files/how_to_submit.pdf

Juried Review Process Fact Sheet www.facultyware.uconn.edu/files/Juried_Process_Fact_Sheet.pdf

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