Ann Keefer, Ph.D. from Temple University Institute on Disabilities to Discuss Universal Design for Learning

Release Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Ann Keefer, Ph.D., project coordinator for the Ensuring Higher Education Opportunity for ALL Demonstration Project and the Temple University Institute on Disabilities (UCEDD) will present the lecture, “Universal Design: It’s for Everyone” on Wednesday, September 5, 2012 at 2 p.m. in the East Parlor, St. Joseph Hall.


Lecture attendees will be introduced to a number of techniques for enhancing student learning, including guided notes, graphic organizers and the pause procedure. They will be encouraged to consider alternatives to multiple-choice exams and term papers, with assessments keyed to specific learning outcomes for each course. Alternative assessments may include student oral reports during office hours, short films made by students, Prezis and other multimedia products, or group assignments. Attendees will also identify barriers to learning for students at their colleges and universities, and apply their knowledge of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to case studies at the end of the talk.


Universal Design for Learning is a research-based approach to improving learning outcomes for all students through engaging a variety of learning styles. By providing multiple means of representation, expression and assessment, professors can help improve learning outcomes for students in any discipline.


The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Keely McCarthy, Ph.D. at