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Everybody Wins with Universal Design for Learning

  • Format: online
THIS COURSE IS NOW OPEN ON THE NEW UM SYSTEM ONE CANVAS PLATFORM. CONTACT US TO ENROLL AT [email protected] University of Missouri Extension serves a wide range of learners. The diversity in our online audience means we must be particularly intentional and create online courses that offer valuable learning experiences for all. We've created this course to provide you introductory learning opportunities and to serve as a valuable ongoing resource.

Course Introduction

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) established a framework for designers that should be considered while creating your online courses.  UDL is a proactive approach to ensure all users can access, use, and benefit from via equal or nearly equal methods--regardless of socioeconomic status, temporary or permanent disability, or ethnicity.  UDL ensures learners  a re provided with the means to have a successful learning experience.  In an online course, especially a self-paced course, that means we must take extra care to provide not only successful and engaging learning opportunities, but also a course that is easy to navigate, easy to view and hear, and easy to use.    

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe a minimum of three types of disabilities that benefit from Universal Design
  • Identify five essential accessibility requirements
  • List the seven steps to create an accessible course
  • Identify additional digital accessibility resources

Module Topics

The modules in this course include:

  • What is Universal Design for Learning?
  • Accessibility Guidelines
  • Clean up course navigation
  • Be Inclusive
  • Include Accessible Documents and Presentations
  • Include Fallback Options for Media
  • Tag Images with Alt Text
  • Take your course on a mobile test drive
  • Final Thoughts and Resources


You should be able to complete this course in 2-3 hours.


All MU Extension faculty and staff.  The principles of Universal Design for Learning apply to all types of digital communication from infographics and social media to online courses and web pages.