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In with Blackboard Learn, Out with Blackboard VistaBe sure to check out the changes happening to Blackboard. This transition offers an opportunity for instructors to rethink their courses, redesigning them as needed to capitalize on the new features available in Learn, to focus on learner-centered teaching, and to apply principles of universal design to make courses highly usable by all students. For guidance, contact the e-Learning Center for information on the pros and cons of various approaches in Bb Learn.
Principles of Universal Design for Space and Building Design
Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.
The following seven principles of UD may be applied to evaluate existing designs, guide the design process and educate both designers and consumers about the characteristics of more usable products and environments.
1. Equitable Use: The design is useful and marketable to people with diverse abilities.
3. Simple and Intuitive Use: Use of the design is easy to understand, regardless of the user's experience, knowledge, language skills, or current concentration level.
4. Perceptible Information: The design communicates necessary information effectively to the user, regardless of ambient conditions or the user's sensory abilities.
5. Tolerance for Error: The design minimizes hazards and the adverse consequences of accidental or unintended actions.
6. Low Physical Effort: The design can be used efficiently and comfortably and with minimum of fatigue.
Taken from NC State University, The Center for Universal Design, Copyright 1997
Commission on Disability Access and Design
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Next Commission meeting:
May 15, 2013, 1:00-2:30
Universal Design in Curriculum development
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