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Universal Design and Universal Instructional Design

Universal Instructional Design is based on the principles of Universal Design.

Universal Design

Universal Design Principles were developed "to guide a wide range of design disciplines including environments, products, and communications. These seven principles may be applied to evaluate existing designs, guide the design process and educate both designers and consumers about the characteristics of more usable products and environments."


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NC State University
The Center for Universal Design

U of G Universal Instructional Design Principles

Instructional materials and activities should...

1. Equitable Use

1. be accessible and fair

2. Flexibility in Use

2. provide flexibility in use, participation and presentation

3. Simple and Intuitive

3. be straightforward and consistent

4. Perceptible Information

4. be explicitly presented and readily perceived

5. Tolerance for Error

5. provide a supportive learning environment

6. Low Physical Effort

6. minimize unnecessary physical effort or requirements

7. Size and Space for Approach and Use

7. ensure a learning space that accommodates both students and instructional methods

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