Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Introduction to Universal Design for Learning

Instructor: Liz Johns

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175

This four-week course will introduce participants to the principles and practices of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). The UDL framework provides an approach to designing meaningful learning environments that support learning variability in instructional settings, and creates a learning environment that supports all learners by removing barriers to learning before the learner encounters the barrier. UDL practices promote purposeful, proactive, and reflective design that improves student learning across all levels, and focuses on designing for everyone, instead of separating out accommodations for those who need them. Librarians in any type of library setting can use UDL practices to create dynamic, meaningful learning in both face-to-face and online environments, synchronously or asynchronously. By the end of this course, participants will be able to identify barriers to learning in their instructional practices, describe how UDL can support learners at their institution, and design learning activities using UDL practices.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify barriers to learning in your current instructional practices,
  • Describe how UDL can support learners at your institution or in your context,
  • Design learning activities using UDL practices.

This course can be taken as one of the courses in our eight-course Certificate in Library Instruction, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Liz Johns

Liz Johns is the Teaching and Learning Librarian at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. Liz earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from Gettysburg College, and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently working on a Doctor of Education at Johns Hopkins University with a focus on Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education. Liz's work centers on supporting librarians in developing and using innovative teaching practices and implementing creative teaching techniques for information literacy and concept-based learning. Liz's teaching and research focuses on creating engaging, dynamic, and meaningful learning environments in both face-to-face and online settings for adult learners. In addition, Liz serves as the National Archivist for Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Payment Info

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.