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How should I prepare my materials to be inclusively designed?

Long before you enter the classroom, course design begins by defining the skills and knowledge your students should have by the end of the term. Factors you may consider include the potential diversity of students enrolled and the environment, resources and activities that will assist them in gaining the skills and knowledge you want them to achieve by the end of the term. The creation of inclusive learning environments reduces the need for students to request accommodations. These accommodations are already built into the framework of the class. Thoughtful planning prior to the term is critical for both the instructor and student to fully benefit from utilizing Universal Design instructional practices. This preparatory step has the ability to maximize quality instructional opportunities that support the learning objectives for all students.

There are three main areas related to planning for instruction to consider: