Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Elliott Hall, Room 200A
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4485
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OU Teaching Initiatives

Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) promotes student success through inclusive practices that increase access and reduce barriers to learning for all students, particularly benefiting those with diverse learning and life needs. The UDL Initiative Team at Oakland University commits to serve as a driving force to foster a campus culture based in the core values of student success and inclusivity by promoting UDL practices and principles. 
UDL is both a philosophical belief that all students should have increased opportunities for successful learning, and a set of principles and guidelines for implementation in the classroom and across the campus to support inclusive practices. Although UDL does not replace accommodations for students with identified disabilities, it may reduce the degree to which accommodations are required by proactively increasing access for all. The UDL team at Oakland University is comprised of faculty, students, and staff; with representation from student congress, academic affairs, student affairs, the office of diversity and inclusion, disability support services, 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