Universal Design for Assessment — Tying it Altogether


Presented at 4:00pm in Virtual D on Thursday, November 19, 2020.



  • Kevin Stiffler, Instructional Designer, Red Rocks Community College
  • Marisha Manfre, Assistive Technology Professional, Red Rocks Community College

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 45 minutes
  • Format: Interactive/Discussion
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


Join us to discuss boosting learner achievement through applying Universal Design for Learning to Assessments. We'll discuss accurately measuring your Course Learning Objectives, helping learners transfer usable knowledge/skills authentically, increase accessibility, and provide choice for how learners can express their knowledge and/or skills.


We will explore how the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) are being implemented in assessments.

We will interpret the UDL principles through an interactive intricate tying demonstration, exploring the different ways we can engage, teach, and assess the audience. Potential assessment modalities include kinesthetic, visual, and auditory methods.

We will then discuss implementing different types of assessments for classes applying UDL and accessibility principles. With examples from Red Rocks Community College, we will show the unique ways students have demonstrated their knowledge of the learning objectives, spanning multiple subjects and giving students real world experience.

By participating in our session, the audience will experience and learn about applying the UDL principles to assessments. They will be able to think critically about their own courses and how they can provide choice and let their learners apply their knowledge and skills authentically.


  1. Interpreting Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles increases teaching effectiveness
  2. Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Principles to Assessment increases learner achievement.
  3. Identifying resources for implementing (UDL) increases your accessible course design

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Other, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Kevin Stiffler

Instructional Designer

Marisha Manfre