The Accessible Dartmouth Initiative (ADI) is a collaboration between The Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning, Student Accessibility Services, and Learning Design and Innovation (ITC). ADI supports faculty incorporating Universal Design for Learning (UDL) into Dartmouth courses with the goal of better meeting the needs of all students, including neurodiverse students – those who learn differently due to conditions such as ADHD, autism, dyslexia – as well as first-generation college students, international students, English language learners, and students of other marginalized identities. In addition to supporting student learning, UDL benefits instructors by weaving accessibility and flexibility into the fabric of a course.
This course redesign grant engages faculty to incorporate UDL interventions identified in a UDL Institute into a current or new course.
The time commitment for the grant activities is generally expected to be 20-25 hours over the course of about 16 weeks. The activities listed here are described in further detail below.
• UDL Institute: 10 hours
• Consultations and work time: 5-10 hours
• Feedback collection, artifact creation, and narrative: 3-5 hours
Faculty completing all of the following steps are eligible to receive a $1500 stipend.
The grant program is structured as follows:
Step 1: UDL Institute
Attend a UDL institute, hosted by the ADI Team. Institutes will be scheduled 3 times per year (generally during June, December, and March). You will spend 2-3 days (approx. 10 hours) with fellow Dartmouth faculty learning about specific aspects of the UDL framework and applying them to your course materials.
Learn more and apply for the UDL Institute here.
Step 2: Institute Feedback Survey and Grant Opt-in
At the end of the institute, you will complete a short survey about the institute, including the option to opt in to grant activities. The opt-in will include questions relating to the course interventions you began during the institute. This will set the stage for the rest of the grant cycle.
Step 3: Consultations and Work Time
You will work with a Learning Designer from the ADI team to continue the UDL course design work you started during the institute. Together, you and the Learning Designer will determine what interventions you will try during the next teaching term. At least 1 consultation to plan your intervention(s) is required.
Step 4: Teach your course
With the support of your Learning Designer, you will implement the changes you developed. During the term, your Learning Designer will guide you through collecting student feedback and reflecting on your experience.
Step 5: Share your artifact and narrative
Drawing on student feedback and your own reflections, you will refine the course material(s), activity, or assessment(s) you changed during the redesign process. This refined material will be the artifact of your redesign that you will share with the ADI team. You will also create a short narrative to accompany your artifact. This narrative can be written, audio, video, or in any format that speaks to you. Topics addressed in your narrative should include:
• A description of the intervention(s) or change(s) you implemented
• Reasoning behind this change(s), including how your intervention(s) relates to UDL principles
• A description of student experiences with the intervention(s)
• A reflection on your experience with the intervention(s)
Please note that anonymized versions of your artifact and narrative may be shared as examples on the DCAL website and with future grant participants.
Once you have submitted your artifact and narrative, you may recieve a $1500 stipend. Grantees may complete up to 3 cycles and apply for funding, totaling $4500 over 3 cycles. Each of the 3 yearly institutes will have a different focus, to allow faculty to participate in multiple institutes each year.