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Research Based Impacts of Universal Design Strategies in Postsecondary Educational Instruction

| Proposal No: 924

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  • Kelly Roberts, Assocaite Professor, Center on Disability Studies
  • Robert Stodden, Professor, University of Hawaii

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

Summary of Session

The presentation will provide research findings on the use of 3 universally designed instructional strategies as implemented in postsecondary classrooms.


Universal design for learning (UDL) in postsecondary education is being presented as a viable concept for improving student engagement and learning while also addressing diverse learning needs and styles. However, there is limited research to support this claim. This presentation begins with an overview of UDL; followed by a presentation of research findings on the use of graphic organizers, guided notes, and the pause procedure, each of which can be considered UDL operationalized; and discussion.


  1. Ideas on how to use UDL in the classroom
  2. Ppplication of UDL principles
  3. How to use graphic organizers, guided notes, and the pause procedure

Speaker Bio(s)

Kelly Roberts

Dr. Kelly Roberts holds a PhD in Education. She has conducted research on many instructional strategies and interventions including universal design, text to speech software, math interventions, and voice recognition software. Her primary research interests are those associated with improved learning outcomes for students.

Robert Stodden

Dr. Robert Stodden is a Professor and Director of the University of Hawaii Center on Disability Studies. Over his career he has been involved in a multitude of areas around postsecondary access, success, and retention of individuals with disabilities.