Universal design refers to the practice of ensuring that all students have equal access to course materials and activities, thus allowing them to complete course objectives and demonstrate outcomes.


Whether for an online course or as digital materials for a face-to-face or hybrid course, instructional materials must be accessible to all students, both with and without accessibility needs. The Center for Teaching & Learning provides assisstance to faculty in creating online learning experiences and resources that are accessible to all students.


In the online environment at SFA, universal design incorporates the Principles of Good Practice (PoGP) for online education, which draws from the best practices provided by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Quality Matters, and the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET). Additionally, the CTL works with the Office of Disability Services to provide assistance to faculty in designing instructional experiences with a digital component that are compliant with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended). For questions regarding digital instructional materials and activities, email Megan Weatherly at msweatherly@sfasu.edu (or call 936.468.1735) or Laura Osborne at osbornel@sfasu.edu (or call 936.468.5832).






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