• Universal Course Design Series

All sessions will be led by Kirsten Behling, Director, Disability Services

Responsibly Educating Students with Disabilities in Your Classroom
Thursday, September 22, 1– 2:30pm

Most likely you have students with disabilities in one of your courses. Sometimes they will identify themselves to you; more often than not, they will not. What are your responsibilities as a faculty member to these students? Learn who the Office of Disability serves and how you can ensure that these students have the same access to your course as those without disabilities. You will have all of your disability-related questions answered.

Introduction to Universal Course Design
Tuesday, October 4, 1– 2:30pm

Do you have diverse learners in your class, and do you struggle in trying to effectively reach all of them? Universal Course Design (UCD) is a professional development concept grounded in the belief that a course should be accessible to all learners, no matter their individual backgrounds. UCD also recognizes that faculty do not have the time to individualize their courses for each type of learner. This workshop will introduce faculty to the concept of UCD, provide them with strategies for meeting the needs of their diverse students without undue time consumption, and point them toward free resources at Suffolk.

The Universally Designed Syllabus
Tuesday, Tuesday, October 25, 1– 2:30pm

The syllabus is the backbone of any course. Despite your best efforts to create this important document, students still ask you logistical questions throughout the semester. The Universally Designed syllabus has been proven to reduce these questions while increasing access to course materials. This workshop will highlight examples of universally designed syllabi across disciplines and provide you with the information necessary to start planning your own. It will also point you in the direction of UCD experts at Suffolk who can assist you in this process. 

Universal Course Designed Instructional & Assessment Strategies
Tuesday, November 22, 1– 2:30pm

Studies have shown that after 20 minutes of lecture, 80 percent of students no longer actively listen. Given our student population, it is imperative that faculty find ways to diversify their teaching. By breaking a course into 20-minute segments and using different instructional strategies, you will effectively reach a wider range of students. This workshop will share UCD strategies for faculty to use across disciplines. Participants will leave with a game plan for trying a new instructional method in one or more of their courses.