Skip to main content

Introduction to Universal Instructional Design (UID)

Integrating principals of university design into a course will actually minimize the amount of time that can be needed to accommodate students with disabilities.  In removing barriers for some students, all students often benefit.

Introduction to Universal Instructional Design (UID) 

What is UID?

  • Universal Instructional Design (UID) is a process that involves considering the potential needs of all learners when designing and delivering instruction.
  • UID means identifying and eliminating unnecessary barriers to teaching and learning while maintaining academic rigour.
  • UID evolved from the concept of universal design in the physical world, where domains such as architecture and industrial design have identified key goals for their products, including flexibility, consistency, accessibility, explicitness, and supportiveness. UID applies these very same principles to teaching and learning.
  • UID is about truly universal thinking - it goes beyond just accessibility to reflecting on how to maximize learning for students of all backgrounds and learner preferences while minimizing the need for special accommodations

Click here to see how a fast 5 minute scan of your course might increase its accessibility.


adapted from 

Updated on November 29th, 2012.