Accessibility in Higher Education: Accessibility, Accommodations, and UDL


Cost: $100

This badge course addresses the distinction between accessibility, accommodations, and universal design for learning.  Although these concepts are related, they are distinct, addressing different aspects of the educational process.  Students will learn to differentiate and apply these terms to their own educational settings.  

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this badge, students will be able to:

  • Define accessibility and accommodations.
  • Apply the concept of accessibility to the course design process.
  • Identify situations where specific accommodations are necessary.
  • Define the fundamental concepts of universal design for learning theory.
  • Create course outcomes consistent with universal design for learning theory.

Credit Hours
Success in this 0.5 credit hour course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of 7.5 hours over the length of the course in direct instruction as provided by the instructor and an additional 15 hours outside of class reading, reflecting, and evaluating the topics for a total of 22.5 hours.

Grading Scale: Badge/No Badge

Evaluation: 100% completion of badge criteria


Carolyn Speer, PhD

Carolyn joined the MRC as an Instructional Designer in 2014. Prior to that, she worked as an Assistant Professor of English at Friends University and later as a freelance online Instructional Designer and online Political Science professor with various colleges across the country. Carolyn has her BA in Political Science from the University of Kansas and her MA in Political Science from the University of Iowa. In 2005, she received her Ph.D. in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State. Since then, she has attended two years of culinary school at the Iowa Culinary Institute and is now finishing an MA in History at Wichita State.

Carolyn brings over twenty years of teaching and curriculum development experience along with her personal dedication to lifelong learning. She is student-driven in her approach to course and program development, and begins every project with the question, “what do the students need and want from this experience?”

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CRN Course # Term
26847 CSD 420 BG Spring 2021