Enhancing our Capacity to Teach All Learners

Workshop Presentation and Materials Prepared by:

Natacha G. Pierre, Department of Health Systems Science
Michelle Parker-Katz, Department of Special Education

These materials focus on teaching all UIC students, honoring their strengths and recognizing challenges, as we plan, implement, and assess teaching in our courses. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a powerful framework developed to manage and alter access and obstacles in architectural structures. This framework has been adapted in developing highly effective educational practices for students with diverse learning challenges. Universal Design for Learning enables teachers to build on student assets and provide access to learning in a variety of ways. Materials include instructional artifact examples and activities to develop reforms to implement UDL in one’s own courses.

Material provided by Natacha Pierre and Michelle Parker-Katz are available to UIC users via the following link:


References and Resources

Rose, D. & Meyer, A. (2002) Teaching Every Student in the Digital Age: Universal Design for Learning. ASCD

Meyer, A., Rose, D., Gordon, D. (2014) Universal Design for learning, Theory and Practice. CAST
Universal Instructional Design, Implementation Guide (2003). University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada: http://www.uoguelph.ca/tss/projects/uid/UG16-implementation%20guide.pdf

UID Quick Start Check List: http://www.coles.uoguelph.ca/TSS/instructional_design/checklist.aspx

Preliminary Assessment of Faculty Implementation of UDL En ACT: Ensuring Access through Collaboration and Technology: http://ctfd.sfsu.edu/sites/sites7.sfsu.edu.ctfd/files/Preliminary-Assessment-of-Faculty-Implementation-of-UDL.pdf