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Library Accessibility & Instruction Guide

A guide that compiles information about accessibility best practices for instruction, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), tutorials & resources, as well as accessibility of MSU library resources.

Universal Design for Learning

“Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people.” – CAST 
Provide multiple means of:

  • Engagement that stimulates interest and motivation for learning. (e.g. offer opportunities for goal setting, self reflection, and self assessment)
  • Representation that presents information and content in different ways. (e.g. record your in-person lectures as video with closed captions, provide the slides, notes, and transcript, and hands-on practice exercise)
  • Action & Expression that differentiates the ways that students can express what they know.” (e.g. allow students to choose how they submit an assignment such as a written paper, recorded presentation, website, etc.)

Pedagogical Strategies for Inclusive Teaching

Inclusive Teaching Practices:

*Not a complete list! 

  1. Make your materials accessible from the beginning
  2. Use questionnaires to check in with students
  3. Ask your students if they have internet access or access to technology
  4. Use agendas and outlines for instruction
  5. Keep clock in the room/visible  
  6. Provide simple instructions, outlined in steps, both verbally and in writing
  7. Let students choose the format they submit assignments in (e.g. written paper, recorded presentation, website. etc.)
  8. Share your gender pronouns
  9. Learn and use your students preferred names
  10. Involve learners in setting their own academic goals
  11. Allow learners to participate in the design of assignments & activities
  12. Facilitate self-reflection and self assessment

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