Title

Universal Learning Support Design: Maximizing Learning Beyond the Classroom

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2006

Abstract

The movement for adapting Universal Design (UD), a concept from architecture, to higher education has yielded guiding principles for implementing UD in classroom and online instruction. In order to address all of the environments on college campuses, members of the Pedagogy and Student Services for Institutional Transformation (PASS IT) Institute, which met recently in Minneapolis, identified the need to adapt UD principles to the administration of learning support services. In response to this need, we propose 7 principles of Universal Learning Support Design (ULSD) that are distinct from—and yet complement—principles of Universal Instructional Design (UID). In addition, we provide a definition of learning support, a rationale for ULSD, a strategy for implementation, and future directions for dissemination.