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Library and Learning Services Accessibility Help Guide: Universal Design for Learning

An internal guide for Sheridan Library staff to answer their questions about accessibility, UDL and AODA requirements.

Universal Design for Learning


The purpose of UDL is to design classroom materials that everyone can use and benefit from. 

UDL “provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.” (National Centre on Universal Design for Learning, 2012)

Here are some UDL recommendations you can try out in the classroom:

  • As another format for feedback from sessions, having the option of a Google form or Survey Monkey available instead of paper feedback forms. 
  • Create an audio podcasts or record an audio version of the presentation. This can be a valuable study tool and benefit all students.
  • Having electronic copies of presentations made available in advance help. 
  • Close captioned videos used in the presentation or transcripts of any videos without an audio track.
  • Create a Pinterest board for showing lots of images, maybe screenshots and presenting them in an interesting way.
  • Padlet can be used for organizing information, class notes, study notes, etc. Padlet
  • Using Quizlet as a study tool and create flashcards. Quizlet
  • Kahoot - create educational games on any subject, made in multiple choice questions