Universal Design for Learning Institute

UDLi December 2023 - Engagement

The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Institute on Engagement will be held virtually (via Zoom), December 12-14, 2023. Participants will have the opportunity to work independently, in groups, and one-on-one with facilitators from the Accessible Dartmouth Initiative (ADI) to create a plan to boost student engagement in their courses.


The national organization CAST defines UDL as "a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn."

ADI aims to help faculty integrate UDL into their courses to better meet the needs of all students, including neurodiverse students – those who learn differently due to ADHD, autism, dyslexia – as well as first-generation college students, international students, English language learners, and students of other marginalized identities. 


Institute Details

To kick off the institute experience, there are approximately 2-4 hours of pre-work which introduces topics and gives participants and facilitators the chance to connect. Throughout the institute, participants will collaborate with colleagues and receive individualized guidance to reach their UDL goals. Participants who complete the institute are eligible to opt into the ADI course grant and receive a certificate of completion. 

This institute will focus on the UDL principle of Engagement, which prompts instructors to consider offering multiple ways to: 

  • recruit learner interest
  • support sustained effort and persistence
  • guide the development of self-regulation skills 

See the first column of the Universal Design for Learning Guidelines (CAST) for more details.

The institute is designed for anyone teaching a course at Dartmouth. Faculty participants will be given priority, however we encourage other educators (i.e. staff, postdocs, and graduate teaching assistants) to apply.

UDLi Goals

During the institute, you will:

  • Design and develop 1 or more course interventions based on the Multiple Means of Engagement principle of UDL.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to refine instructional practices and materials.
  • Prepare for the Accessible Dartmouth Initiative Course Grant application process and apply, if interested. (Note: Completion of the institute is part of grant requirements, therefore we highly encourage eligible participants to apply.)

Key dates

  • September 2023 - Application open and reviewed regularly
  • Monday, November 27th, 2023 at noon - Applications for the December 2023 institute are due
  • Monday, December 4, 2023 - Institute Canvas site available to participants with pre-work
  • December 12-14, 2023 - UDL Institute sessions on Zoom
    • 10am-2:30 pm EST with a lunch break from noon-1pm


Application Materials

UDLi Applications are due Monday, November 27th, 2023 at noon. Preview the application (Create a Google Doc Copy) then submit your answers to the UDLi Application form

Thank you for your interest in the UDL Institute. If you have any questions before applying, please contact, dcal@dartmouth.edu.

We're looking forward to working with you.