Presuming Competence By Design • A Tutorial for Systems, Environment, Curricular, and Materials Design in Learning Systems


Higher Education Instructors/Professors

If you are in higher education or asking the question of what the research has to say, visit the “Connection to Research” section of this tutorial.  While the research is threaded and cited throughout, this section contains a summary of the significant strands of research that support Universal Design for Learning principles – brain research, multimedia and cognition research, cognitive load theory, and more.

Additionally, the case studies in both the classroom section and online section feature examples of UDL in higher education applications.  Finally, we provide a link to many valuable resources that are specifically higher education-related in nature.  This tutorial will cover what you can do in your classrooms, online courses, and even in a syllabus to make your course more universally designed for a wide array of learners.


Excellent Resources for Higher Education Professionals: - see the post-secondary section


Burgstahler, S., & Moore, E. (submitted for publication). Making student services welcoming and accessible through universal design.


Burgstahler, S. (in press). Preparing faculty to make their courses accessible to all students. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching.


Vogel, S., Leyser, Y., Burgstahler, S., Sliger, S., & Zecker, S. (2006). Faculty knowledge and practices regarding students with disabilities. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 18(2), 109-123.