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The inaugural, annual TEACHxWSU conference on October 21, 2022 will support WSU faculty, teaching assistants, and other educators across the university system to learn about and practice Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

  • Where: TEACHxWSU will feature in-person presentations on the WSU Pullman campus with concurrent live-streaming to participants at all other campuses.
  • Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (WSU Pullman post-event reception 5-6 p.m.)
  • Keynote speaker: University of Hawaii at Manoa professor Kavita Rao will be the keynote speaker
  • Guest experts from WSU: Topics will include UDL in higher education, UDL and students with disabilities, UDL in online learning, and more.
  • Host: TEACHxWSU is hosted by the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President.
  • Sponsors: TEACHxWSU is sponsored by the WSU Teaching Academy, Academic Outreach and Innovation, and the Access Center, with donations from the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President; the Transformational Change Initiative: the College of Education; the College of Arts and Sciences; Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture; the College of Natural, Human, and Resource Sciences; WSU Libraries; the WSU Tri-Cities Chancellor; and Student Washington Education Association.
  • Questions?:

What is UDL?

Experts  describe that the principles of UDL form a “framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how people learn” (CAST). UDL guidelines provide both theoretical and practical foundations of research across education, including the exploration of diverse populations. They also offer suggestions that can be applied to any discipline or domain to ensure that all learners can access and participate in meaningful learning opportunities.


TimeSession DescriptionPresenter(s)
9:15 – 10:30 a.m.Using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to Support All LearnersKavita Rao (University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa)
10:30 - 10:45 a.m.Break
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.UDL in Online SpacesPaul Krouss (Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences, WSU Vancouver)
11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.Lunch/Table Talks
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.UDL for Students with DisabilitiesRobin Williams (Access Center, WSU Pullman)
2:15 – 3:15 p.m.UDL: Strategies and Practices to help Students manage Writing and Reading TasksMichael Dunn (College of Education, WSU Vancouver)
3:15 - 3:30 p.m.Break
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.UDL and technology across the disciplinesAli Asiri (Graduate School, WSU Pullman), Priya Panday-Shukla
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.Reception (WSU Pullman only)

UDL Is Book Club Topic for 2022-23

UDL ties to the new 2022-23 faculty book club hosed by the WSU Teaching Academy. The book is Reach Everyone, Teach Everyone: Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education.

Conference Agenda

Summary of October 21, 2022 Event

TimeSession Description
8:30 – 8:45 a.m.Welcome and opening remarks
8:45 – 10:00 a.m.Supporting student belonging and well-being
10:00 – 11:15 a.m.Improving student learning with technology tools
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.Supporting students’ competencies and skill development
12:30 – 2:00 p.m.Lunch-time workshop: Cultivating equitable learning environments through inclusive teaching
2:00 – 2:50 p.m.Workshop discussion and working groups
3:00 – 3:55 p.m.Improving student learning through well-designed assessments
4:00 – 4:15 p.m.Closing Remarks
4:15 – 6:00 p.m.Social (only on select campuses)