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    Kathleen Bastedo
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    Though around since the 1990s, there is growing support for Universal Design for Learning (UDL). A portion of UDL is a way of creating course materials that are accessible not only to students with disabilities but to all students. The application of UDL principles provides strategies to address the learning styles of all students while breaking down possible barriers to learning.

    In relation to this, ELI conducts an annual survey of its higher education learning community which consists of 900 members and includes accessibility and UDL as one of the survey topics. This year’s survey results has moved accessibility and UDL from #12 in 2015 to #2 in 2018. This is a significant increase in the importance placed on this topic that should alert higher education institutions across the country to sit up and take notice.


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