Universal Design for Learning

Digital Badge in Universal Design for Learning

Implementation of Universal Design principles in Teaching and Learning promotes inclusivity and equity while also ‘future-proofing’ your teaching. As our classrooms and lecture theatres become increasingly diverse, our practices must also adapt to reflect the changing landscape of higher education.  Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based curriculum design approach that recognises and accommodates the tremendous variability and diversity of learners This CPD course will give you an introduction to the concept of Universal Design for Learning and invite you to review and update your own Teaching and Learning practice.

Participants in this online programme will earn a nationally recognised digital badge. The online component of the Digital Badge involved engaging with a 6 hour (approx.) online learning resource. Participants must also attend a 2.5 hour workshop on Tuesday 15th November 2022 10.30am – 1 pm OR Friday 18th November 2022 10.30am – 1 pm. The workshop will take place in person, unless public health guidance dictates that it be held online. Finally, participants must complete a redesign activity where you will select a teaching/training activity (e.g. lecture/training session/assignment), evaluate it and redesign some elements of it using UDL principles you’ve learned about. You will then report on the process in the form of a brief case study. In total, the Digital Badge requires approx. 25 hours of learner effort. Please note you must complete all three aspects described above (online content, workshop, and redesign activity) to obtain the Digital Bade.


This badge is aimed at academic staff and any other higher education staff members who have a teaching remit e.g. those who deliver teaching/training programmes for staff and students. Again, please note you must be able complete all three aspects described as per the above instruction to obtain the Digital Badge.


This staff professional development activity will be facilitated by CIRTL Research Manager, Dr Laura Lee and DSS Advisor for Inclusive Learning & Teaching and CIRTL Fellow, Dr Brian Butler.

Badge issuers

The badge is a part of the National Forum’s digital badge initiative which seeks to recognise the work which goes in to unaccredited professional development currently occurring across the higher education sector in Ireland.


There is no cost for UCC staff members. 

Badge registration

Please register for the Digital Badge here.

The online course will open on Canvas on Monday 10th October 2022. Places are limited so please respond as soon as possible.

Any queries should be directed to course facilitators Dr Brian Butler b.butler@ucc.ie or Dr Laura Lee: l.lee@ucc.ie


Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL)

West Lodge, Main Campus,