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Universal Design for Learning (UDL): UDL Rubric for Online Instruction

Created for a faculty inquiry group project on UDL.

About the UDL Rubric for Online Instruction

Rubric for Online Instruction (ROI)

was developed from 2002-2003 by California State University, Chico, through a broad-based committee comprised of 13 faculty, 4 staff, 2 administrators, and 1 student. This process included dialog and utilization of individual expertise, as well as critical examination of existing scholarly information related to best practices, learning styles, and standards [e.g., Bloom's TaxonomySeven Good Teaching Practices in Undergraduate Education (Chickering & Gamson).

The resulting ROI addresses six areas, in determining "What a quality course looks like."  In addition, CSU Chico has partnered with EnACT~PTD to map the three Principles of Universal Design for Learning with the six areas of the ROI.

  • Learner Support and Resources
  • Online Organization and Design
  • Instructional Design and Delivery
  • Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning
  • Innovative with Technology
  • Faculty Use of Student Feedback

Quality Learning and Teaching (QLT)

Since 2014, the university has created a new instrument called Quality Learning and Teaching (QLT) to evaluate the quality of online courses. 

UDL Rubric for Online Instruction

There are three commons uses of the CSU, Chico, Rubric for Online Instruction (ROI):

  1. To inform the development of a new online course.
  2. As a self-evaluation tool to revise and improve an existing course.
  3. As a means for gaining public recognition for exemplary online instruction.