Center for Teaching, Learning & Technology

Inclusive Course Design: Implementing the UDL Guidelines - Spring 2023

Spring quarter (April 24 - May 21, 2023)

Sillouette of head with colorful cogwheelsWorkshop Description

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guidelines is a research-based framework educators can use to proactively address the needs of diverse students in ways that benefit everyone. This 4-week, fully online asynchronous workshop provides participants with strategies to apply the principles of UDL to course materials, activities and assessments to improve learning experiences for all students. $500 stipend for eligible participants. 


Dates and location

This workshop is a fully-online 4-week course that takes place during the dates posted above. Weekly assignments are due each Sunday. This workshop is facilitated by Pam Dougherty, Instructional Designer and Accessibility Specialist with the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology at Cal Poly. 

Time Commitment and Stipend Information

This workshop is designed for faculty and instructors who currently teach at Cal Poly. Time commitment is 7-9 hours per week for a total of 28-36 hours, depending on prior knowledge, skill level and experience. A $500 stipend is available for those who fully participate in the course and complete all requirements with an 80% minimum grade on each assignment. Please read the CTLT Stipend eligibility policy to see if you are eligible. Partial stipends for partial participation are not available. Enrollment is limited to 20 participants.


The California State University Accessible Technology Initiative was established in 2006 to provide resources, support, and guidance for all CSU campuses to comply with federal accessibility requirements (Section 508). A larger goal is to help campuses create inclusive communities that provide equitable and flexible access to all electronic information and resources, including instructional materials for students.  Learn more: CSU ATI Instructional Materials.

Workshop Learning Objectives

Overarching goal: Participants will utilize Canvas tools and features to design inclusive and accessible course content, activities and assessments, based on UDL Guidelines.

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Create one course resource that applies the UDL principle of Representation
  2. Create one course activity that applies the UDL principle of Engagement
  3. Create one course assessment that applies the UDL principle of Action and Expression


  • Learn more about creating accessible course content including documents, PowerPoint and videos on our Accessibility Resources page.  
  • Learn more about UDL Guidelines. (CAST: Center for Applied Special Technology)


Pam Dougherty, Instructional Designer and Accessibility Specialist, CTLT

Please contact Pam with your questions! padoughe@calpoly.edu



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