Exploring the Potential of Universal Design for Learning with Regards to Mental Health Issues in Higher Education

Proceedings of ‏The 3rd International Conference on Applied Research in Education

Year: 2021

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Exploring the Potential of Universal Design for Learning with Regards to Mental Health Issues in Higher Education

Frederic Fovet

 

ABSTRACT: 

The study explores the potential of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in addressing mental health (MH) issues within higher education (HE) teaching and learning, from a multi-disciplinary perspective.  It examines first the hurdles which are generically reported to Accessibility Services by students; it then explores the tension instructors report with regards to addressing students’ mental health issues in the classroom.  Lastly, the study examines UDL solutions which are being proposed by instructional designers, from a design perspective, to minimize the impact of mental health issues within the learning experience.

Keywords: Universal Design for Learning, Inclusion, mental health, accessibility services, teaching and learning, instructional design.