Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

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OU Teaching Initiatives

Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design for Learning (or UDL) promotes opportunities to increase access and reduce barriers to learning in order to enhance student success for all learners. UDL is both a philosophical belief that all students should have increased opportunities to be successful learners and a set of principles and guidelines for implementation. UDL is supported and implemented in K-12 and universities across the nation.

The OU Initiative   A UDL Initiative Team at Oakland University is exploring ways in which UDL principles can become part of OU's institutional and classroom culture. This UDL initiative promotes student success through diverse and inclusive practices. The team comprises of faculty and students from different schools and staff from academic and student affairs, office of diversity and inclusion, and technology services. View the team list.

OU Resources
Quick Notes are your brief visual guide to best practices, university processes, and other good-to-know aspects of helping students succeed.

5-min Videos and Quick NotesWorkshop Materials
Teaching Strategies for Each UDL Principle

Benefits to Learner Groups

FDI Materials

Teaching Tips

External Resources

Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
The OU Initiative   The Provost’s Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness Initiative at Oakland University has been created to explore and examine best research-based practices for the evaluation of teaching (formative and summative). The goals of this long term project are to:
  • Task Force 1 – Redesigning “Course Evaluations” Develop recommendations using research-based practices in designing and implementing “Student End of Semester Surveys” (currently referred to most frequently as “Course Evaluations”) View list of task force representatives.
  • Task Force 2 – Designing Other Measurements for Teaching Effectiveness Develop recommendations for the use of multiple measures and triangulation of other evidence of teaching effectiveness for formative and summative evaluation. Task force representation to be determined.

Task Force Update (June 2017)


CETL Quick Notes on evaluating teaching, analyzing feedback, and end-of-course student feedback (ESF) surveys