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Guideline Universal Design

Universal Design

Universal design sees diversity as a general basis and emphasizes the use of flexible goals, methods, materials and forms of evaluation to provide effective education for all students. Instead of approaching diversity as a side issue or only on a case-by-case basis, universal design focuses on designing education, products, environments and services that meet the needs of different students from the outset so that all students can participate and receive learning opportunies. By proactively meeting thresholds on the one hand and building in the greatest possible diversity on the other hand, ad hoc adjustments are less needed. Win win! 

Guideline Universal Design: from policy to practice

With the guideline “Universal design: from policy to practice”, SIHO offers not only an overview of the what, how and why of universal design, its embedding in inclusive education, and the interaction with reasonable adjustments. The guideline also describes a framework for implementing universal design in practice. Chapter three consists of a structuring “advanced organizer” and offers more information about the 21 fact sheets that offer specific tips and tricks on how to apply universal design. 

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Fact sheets universal design

The guide also provides specific and useful tips and tricks for teachers and service employees to implement universal design principles in practice, immediately and effectively. This on the basis of 21 fact sheets covering a selection of relevant topics regarding amongst other things didactics, communication, digital tools, physical learning environments and spatial accessibility within education and services.

PDF iconsheet01_curriculum.pdf

PDF iconsheet02_didactic_principles.pdf

PDF iconsheet03_teaching_methods.pdf

PDF iconsheet04_powerful_safe_learning_environment_.pdf

PDF iconsheet05_studyable_study_material.pdf

PDF iconsheet06_flipping_the_classroom.pdf

PDF iconsheet07_tasks_assignments.pdf

PDF iconsheet08_exams_tests.pdf

PDF iconsheet09_feedback.pdf

PDF iconsheet10_communication.pdf

PDF iconsheet11_powerpoint.pdf

PDF iconsheet12_pdf_word.pdf

PDF iconsheet13_multimedia.pdf

PDF iconsheet14_weblectures_lesson_recordings.pdf

PDF iconsheet15_learning_paths.pdf

PDF iconsheet16_website.pdf

PDF iconsheet17_digital_learning_environment.pdf

PDF iconsheet18_physical_learning_environment.pdf

PDF iconsheet19_spacial_accessibility.pdf

PDF iconsheet20_sensory_accessibility.pdf

PDF iconsheet21_wayfinding_signage.pdf

Applying the tips & tricks from these fact sheets, and the ideas from the guideline, are a first step towards an inclusive higher education landscape where universal design is integrally embedded.