Universal Design of Online Classes
Universal design (UD) promotes designing with the greatest diversity of users in mind so that adaptations and accommodations are forethoughts, not afterthoughts. This concept, invented by architect Ron Mace, has been adapted to the education environment and applied to the “building” of both content and curriculum. By applying this framework, designers can create classes that are accessible to the greatest diversity of students. This paper explains universal design, gives ideas for using UD in an online class, and provides the author’s reflection on her implementation of UD.