Universal Design in Research Workshop Series

Illustration of Universal Design in research at UArizona


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This 3-part workshop series equips UArizona researchers with the knowledge to generate more equitable and inclusive research, which, in turn, results in more competitive grant proposals. These workshops guide researchers to integrate Universal Design for Learning (UDL) into their classroom-focused research and TAR designs and grant proposals. UDL is an evidence-based  pedagogical framework that has improved access to learning for over 30 years.

This hybrid workshop series requires participants to complete a short unit of online work in preparation for a corresponding in-person meeting. During in-person meetings, participants review and revise their grant proposals to integrate UDL into their methodologies, research outcomes, and impact statements. At the end of the workshop series, participants submit a revised grant proposal draft that integrates all concepts learned. The schedule and estimated time to completion is listed below. 

Workshop 1: Foundations in UDL

  • (2-3 hours) Online module 
  • (4 hours) In-person workshop, September 4, 2024
  • Deliverable: general revision plan integrating UDL principles into grant proposal.

Workshop 2: Inclusion and its connection to UDL

  • (2-3 hours) Online module 
  • (4 hours) In-person workshop
  • Deliverable: addendum to the action plan which integrates inclusion principles.

Workshop 3: Alignment of grant applications to UDL practices

  • (2-3 hours) Online module 
  • (4 hours) In-person workshop
  • Deliverable: a specific action plan integrating UDL guidelines into grant application.

Final deliverable:Two weeks after the final in-person meeting a revised grant proposal draft that integrates all concepts from the workshop series is due.

In-person meeting logistics:

  • All in-person meetings will be held in the ILC building, room 136 on campus. Physical attendance to in-person meetings is mandatory. Meetings will not be streamed or recorded.
  • All in-person meetings are scheduled from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm on the following dates:
    • Workshop 1 - September 4, 2024
    • Workshop 2 - September 11, 2024
    • Workshop 3 - September 18, 2024

Compensation: Each participant who successfully completes the workshop (e.g., submits all online assignments and attends all in-person meetings) will be compensated $500 and will receive a certificate of completion.

Eligibility: Participants must hold an FTE 1.0 position at UArizona, and they must be preparing a grant proposal for a current research project related to teaching and learning during the time of the workshop series.

Application Deadline: May 19, 2024

This project is funded by the University of Arizona’s Office of Research, Innovation & Impact.

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