Can Technology Enhance
Universal Design for Students
(University of South Carolina)
Universal design for education tries to provide
appropriate instructional opportunities for all
learners. When teachers follow the principles of
universal design for education it can help make
the planning process easier and the final product
more efficient and effective for all participants.
This presentation will present web resources, new
technology and activities that will enhance the
principles of Universal Design.
Student diversity is a very important component of
the education setting. Universal design minimizes the
need for individual accommodations and strives to
include all learners. Instruction is planned by
accounting for the active participation of learners who
are culturally and physically diverse.
When presenting material it is very important that it be
presented in a variety of ways such as spoken text or printed text
and pictures such as illustrations, photos, animation, or video
that are intended to promote learning. Most of the time material
is not presented in the actual classroom but offered at a
distance. Therefore, material is presented on CD’s, TV, videos,
charts, graphs, computer software and websites.