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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Universal Design for Learning

Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework that provides a set of good practices that may be applied in any learning environment. Similar to universal design which applies to the architectural design of physical spaces, UDL is intended to remove barriers for all learners.

Use UDL in your course design

The three guiding principles of UDL are as follows (CAST, 2011, p. 5): 

  • Provide multiple means of representation
  • Provide multiple means of action and expression
  • Provide multiple means of engagement

Applying the principles of UDL does not have to be complicated and can help you to meet the needs and learning preferences of many learners.

Additional Resources

  • For more on this, visit the Universal Design for Learning section of the Student Accessibility Services site and CAST.org.
  • If you would like to discuss some of the ways you might apply these principles in your courses, we invite you to arrange a meeting with one of our educational developers at the Teaching and Learning Centre.

References

CAST (2011). Universal Design for Learning Guidelines version 2.0. Wakefield, MA: Author.  Retrieved from: http://www.udlcenter.org/sites/udlcenter.org/files/UDL_Guidelines_Version_2.0_(Final)_3.doc