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Using Universal Instructional Design? A study of faculty processes and Universal Instructional Design strategies across multiple modalities

| Proposal No: 1116

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  • Julie Frese, Director of Assessment and Academic Quality, University of the Rockies
  • Marilynn Force, Faculty Development Specialist, University of the Rockies

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Length of Session (in hours): 1-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: BeginnerType of session: Not provided

Summary of Session

An analysis of faculty awareness and utilization of Universal Instructional Design (UID) principles in their teaching practices. The implementation of UID helps to accommodate the diverse needs of all learners in all modalities (Higbee, 2008).


This presentation will be based on survey results of University of the Rockies’ faculty to determine their practices and processes of applying UID across the online and traditional classroom modalities. Research has found that implementation of the UID pedagogy provides access “to all people in advance rather than after the fact” (Aune, 2000, p57). This emphasizes the importance of understanding the specific design elements, process and implementation of UID so these can be written into the instructional design. The planned utilization of UID will allow for a more sustainable and responsive teaching/learning experience, which engages and enables further support for faculty training and implementation. With a focus on measuring student learning and performance, we can ensure their academic success. This correlates with Tinto’s 1993 thesis that student engagement can be increased which addresses multiple causes of student attrition (Tinto, 1993)


  1. What is involved in providing training and support for faculty implementation?
  2. Measuring the impact of applying University Instructional Design principles on student performance.
  3. How can knowledge of understanding how to use the pedagogy improve classroom inclusion for the student?

Speaker Bio(s)

Julie Frese

Dr. Julie Frese is currently serving in the role of Director of Assessment and Academic Quality at University of the Rockies. In addition, she mentors doctoral students and teaches courses in the School of Organizational Leadership. Her research interests are in the areas of instructional technology, literacy, assessment, evaluation, and research. She recently completed her second Master's degree in Psychology and designed a graduate-level course entitled, eLearning and Corporate Training. She taught in public elementary and middle schools for approximately 25 years, and held a variety of other positions at the K-12 level, including those of Reading Specialist and Instructional Resource/Support Teacher. Given her 15 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Frese has served as an associate, core, and adjunct faculty member with a number of different institutions, both developing and teaching traditional, hybrid, and online courses. Dr. Frese obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Masters in Curriculum and Instruction-Reading, and completed her Doctorate in Curriculum Leadership with a cognate in Instructional Technology.

Marilynn Force

Dr. Marilynn Force currently serves as Faculty Development Specialist at University of the Rockies. Dr. Force is an affiliate faculty member who has been teaching for a total of 24 years, 18 of which have been spent at Regis University focusing on finance, accounting and general business Other disciplines taught have included entrepreneurship, development of entrepreneurial practices, management issues focusing on communication and learning processes within the business environment. . Dr. Force’s career has focused on all aspects of business development. While as Director of the Boulder SBDC Dr. Force helped to develop entrepreneurial training programs for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City Missouri and was an expert contributor concerning entrepreneurial issues to the Edward Lowe Foundation publications. Dr. Force contributed as a speaker on entrepreneurial issues for national conferences and as a resource expert on small business for the White House Conference on Small Business in 1995 and speaker for Senator Bob Bennett of Utah. Dr. Force has served as a national, regional and local judge for entrepreneurial business plan competitions. Dr. Force is a published entrepreneurial industry author and contributor to various magazine publications and book contributor for McGraw Hill, Entrepreneur Magazine Press and the US Department of Agriculture. In the new Jesuit Higher Education: A Journal she co-authored an article concerning the instructional design used by the Sullivan Chair recent entrepreneur class. Dr. Force is also a frequent contributor to the Regis University Blog on learning processes. Dr. Force’s PhD is in Education, emphasis Professional Studies and is also an Ignatian Scholar.