Event Title

Keynote – Universal Design for Learning: Applications for Higher Education


Campbell Student Union - Social Hall

Start Date

22-3-2019 9:15 AM

End Date

22-3-2019 10:30 AM


Universal Design for Learning: Applications for Higher Education

In this presentation, Dr. Rapp provides an overview of the principles of universal design for learning (UDL) and the application of each principle to the college setting. Dr. Rapp outlines the responsibility of higher education institutions for providing supports in coursework and field-based experiences while maintaining high expectations for knowledge and skill acquisition. She shares several specific strategies for universally-designed learning environments that help prepare a more diverse group of people for success in their chosen fields.


Dr. Rapp is Associate Professor of Inclusive Education at St. John Fisher College, where she teaches courses on inclusive education pedagogy, assessment, and classroom management. Dr. Rapp holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and psychology from the State University of New York at Potsdam and master’s and doctoral degrees in special education from Michigan State University. Dr. Rapp’s current research interests include universal design for learning (UDL) throughout the school years and college, as well as strategies for executive functioning. She is the author of the textbook Universal Design for Learning: 100 Ways to Teach All Learners (2014) and coauthor of the textbooks Teaching Everyone: An Introduction to Inclusive Education (2012, with K. L. Arndt) and Picture Inclusion! Snapshots of Successful Diverse Classrooms (Feb. 2019, with K. L. Arndt and S. M. Hildenbrand). Dr. Rapp presents at local, state, national, and international conferences on UDL and inclusive education pedagogy.

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Mar 22nd, 9:15 AM Mar 22nd, 10:30 AM

Keynote – Universal Design for Learning: Applications for Higher Education

Campbell Student Union - Social Hall