Weekly Updates in UDL

Weekly Updates in UDL, February 1st, 2023

This week, listen to the latest UDL in 15 Minutes podcast about how to get started with UDL. You can also participate in a study on inclusive course design rubrics. Don’t forget to register for the largest UDL event of the year! Our 2023 UDL-IRN International Summit is accepting registrations for both in-person and virtual participation. Have a great week!

UDL Spotlight

UDL in 15 Minutes

The second podcast in a series about the Association of Educational Service District’s Inclusionary Practices Project in Washington, Jenny Parker brings us the overarching ideas that can help teachers start with UDL: replicating the practice of others whoo are more experienced, co-planning, and self-reflection using video recording. Listen to the podcast episode.

Inclusive Course Design Study

The Modification and Validation of an Inclusive Course Design Rubric

To be eligible to participate in this study, you would need to have designed at least one online course for undergraduate or graduate students. We greatly appreciate your perspectives and participation in improving the learning experience of diverse learners within an online learning environment. A Google form survey is used to collect your perspectives in designing online courses. The survey will take 15 – 20 minutes. We will be collecting data until March 24, 2023. Virginia Tech IRB Number: 22-690.


This study examines components of online course rubrics that can be used to help design courses that support diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. The purpose of this study is to add inclusive practices in instructional design rubrics to support students with diverse needs. The study responds to a growing need to address diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in course design, based on the existing literature and extensive discussions with professionals and instructional designers. The study also aims to understand online course design features that impact students’ learning experiences from course developers’ perspectives. Your participation and perspectives will benefit online learning experience design and help improve the quality of online courses for diverse learners in post-secondary education.


There are no risks associated with participation in this study. Your participation and perspectives will not impact your job performance. Data on your responses will be stored securely and will be made available only to the researchers on this study. Your participation in this survey is voluntary; you may decline to participate without penalty. The information in our study records will be kept strictly confidential. No reference will be made in oral or written reports that could link you to the study.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please go to the Inclusive Course Design Rubric and it will take you to the survey.

Upcoming Events

UDL-IRN International Summit

Our upcoming 2023 UDL-IRN International Summit will be hosted both in-person and virtually March 13th-15th, 2023. The in-person event will be in Orlando, FL at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. Our in-person tickets are limited seating and first come, first serve, so be sure to get your tickets soon! Learn more and register.