ADCET Webinar: Designing Online Education that Works for All Students - A 7-Step UDL Approach

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The number of students with disability in higher education has continued to increase proportionately across universities in the Western world (Kilpatrick et al., 2016). In Australia, it is estimated that 7.3% of domestic students have a disability. This represents an increase in the enrolment share of domestic students with disability by 64.9% over the past decade. It is likely that this increase has been facilitated by new programs aimed at improving the inclusion and full participation of students with disability in higher education (Gale, 2015).However, research has shown that students with disability are less likely to complete their studies than their non-disabled peers, and, if they do graduate, are less likely to engage in meaningful and competitive employment post-graduation (Kilpatrick, 2016; Equity Challenge Unit, 2014). One way to support the inclusion and participation of students with disability is by incorporating the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) into online learning design. UDL is a framework to improve and optimise teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn ( It is an approach for designing curriculum, learning materials, and learning activities that eliminates barriers to learning (Dinmore & Stokes, 2015). UDL allows students with disability to access courses without adaptation (thus reducing the need for students with disability to disclose their disability), while allowing the coursework to be available in a variety of formats for all students. In principle, UDL is designed to make coursework easier for everyone to access.In this presentation, Laura and Erin described a seven step UDL approach for designing inclusive and accessible online instruction that meets the needs of diverse learners, including students with disability and they shared illustrative examples from their own practice.
PeriodAug 2021
Event typeConference


  • Online education
  • UDL
  • Inclusive Education
  • tertiary education