AHEAD: Association for Higher Education Access & Disability
Creating inclusive environments in education & employment for people with disabilities.


Universal Design for Learning

Course Details

Cost: Free

Style: Self Directed – enroll and complete at your pace

Estimated Learner Effort: 90-120 mins

Target Audience: Anyone working in further or higher education will find this course useful. It is targeted at teaching staff in Education, but will provide some good information for other educational or professional staff who are looking to learn about Universal Design for Learning more generally.

What’s in it for me?: All participants who complete this course get an AHEAD digital badge for completing. Please note this is one of 5 Digital Accessibility courses you can do for free with us.

Course Content: This AHEAD short course is designed for self-access. It should take around 2 hours to complete. You can complete it in any order you like, but we recommend working through sequentially. There are inbuilt reflections and tasks to help you embed the learning into your day-to-day work. By the end of the course, you should: 

  • Be aware of diversity in Education and how traditional teaching approaches can create unnecessary barriers.
  • Understand how Universal Design for Learning (or UDL for short) is an inclusive Education framework that gives staff in Education guidance to deal with diverse learners.
  • Get insights into “UDL in practice”,
  • Develop an awareness of how UDL can inform your practices, 
  • Help connect you to further UDL courses and communities of practice.

When you complete the self-paced course, you will receive a Digital Badge, that will be emailed to you automatically, that you can use as evidence of CPD and even add to your email footer.

Digital badge for Universal Design for Learning

 How do I enroll into a Course?

Here are the steps involved to self enroll into the Accessibility courses:

  1. Go to the AHEAD Moodle Platform to begin the enrolment process.
  2. In this Moodle page you need to select 'Create a new account'.
  3. Follow the onscreen directions and create a username, password and add your email address,  first name and surname too.
  4. Select the 'Create my new account' button on the bottom of the page. A new page open with a button called 'Continue'.
  5. Instantly, you will receive  a mail with a weblink that must be selected to verify your new account. You need to verify in order to access the courses.
  6. A message will appear in Moodle saying thank you and 'Your Registration has been confirmed'. Now press the button called 'Continue'.
  7. You are almost there - In Moodle, along the navigation bar on the top, select 'Search Courses'.
  8. You will see all 5 Accessibility courses and our 'Accessibility Statement' for the 5 courses.
  9. Choose the course you wish to begin then select the button for that course 'Click to enter the Course'.
  10. Now select the button 'Enrol me' and the course opens. Select the button called 'Start Course' to begin.
  11. You will instantly receive a mail to verify that you have self enrolled into a specific course.
  • Note: You can exit the course any time and your position in the course progress is recorded so you can return to that point.
  • Tip: In Moodle, you can enter your account 'Profile' and there is information and a QR code about how you access the course on your Smartphone.
  • Getting your Badge: When you complete the course, you will automatically receive a mail with your digital badge from the 'Open Badge Factory', this may go to your junk mail. Follow the instructions in the mail to claim your digital badge. You will need to create an open badge factory account, using the same email that was used for the AHEAD Moodle platform. You need to go into the Open Badge Factory account you make and then accept the badge. Once accepted, you can add this badge to your profile and download the badge image. Tweet the image @AHEADireland using #AHEADark
  • Choose another course: Now you can start another AHEAD accessibility course and enol in it to get another badge.

Complete all 3 courses: If you choose to complete all 3 digital courses then you will receive our Digital Accessibility Master Badge.

collect all 3 accessibility badges to receive the master accessibility badge.

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Contact us AHEADcourses@ahead.ie


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