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Research Based Impacts of Universal Design Strategies in Postsecondary Educational Instruction

| Proposal No: 924

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  • Kelly Roberts, Kelly, University of Hawaii
  • 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

Kelly D. Roberts, PhD is a Professor at the Center on Disability Studies (CDS) at the University of Hawai`i. She has developed curricula related to educating postsecondary education faulty in meeting the needs of individuals with disabilities. She has also conducted extensive higher education faculty professional development.

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.