Universal Design Instruction is about offering coursework in a variety of ways. For instance, instead of just lecturing, an instructor needs to be aware of the learning styles of the students. Some students LOVE to sit and listen to lectures; others need to see drawings, diagrams or videos. Still others like to write and benefit from exercises where they use their hands and record the message.
The challenge is for the instructor to realize that what is most efficient (lectures) is not usually what works. Using different techniques is important – lecturing, videos, music, movement, sound and writing all work and, if incorporated, would keep the student engaged.
It takes extra work for the instructor but the end result is pretty powerful. When there is a student with a disability in the classroom and the instructor changes the way the class is taught (with the student’s needs in mind) … everyone benefits. That’s the whole point of ‘universal design’.
It’s a no brainer. Truly.