How to Submit Materials

Call for Submissions | Submission Selector Form | Selection Criteria for Teaching Materials | Selection Criteria for Announcements


Call for Submissions

You are invited to submit several types of materials for possible publication on this site in order to promote universal design within schools and other institutions. We welcome:

  • Teaching materials (descriptions of programs, courses, projects, events, etc.)
  • Resources (readings, examples, links, etc.)
  • Information about opportunities to learn (courses, etc.)
  • Information about opportunities to participate in universal design-related activities (conferences, meetings, competitions, etc.).

The teaching materials will be peer-reviewed using the Selection Criteria for Teaching Materials listed below. The resources and opportunities for learning and participation will be reviewed by the site editors using the Selection Criteria for Announcements listed below.

Anyone can submit materials. This is not a competition but an opportunity to share the widest range of strategies for teaching and learning. Please refer to the list of Types of Materials Invited to see what kinds of submissions we would like to receive.

If you are planning on submitting materials at some point in the future, please contact us by email with the following information: your name, institution, and the date you intend to submit by.

If you are ready to submit materials now, please proceed to the Submission Selection Form.

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Submission Selector Form

Please complete this online form for each submission

Type of Submission: please select the type of content you will be submitting by clicking one button below. This will take you to a page where you can download the submission template for that specific content category.

Before you select a content area, you may want to preview in HTML format the content requirements for ALL of the submission types for submission.

 

Teaching Content:

Program Overview

  • Specialized universal design programs  -  This could be a graduate program, an undergraduate major, or a certificate program. What distinguishes this program is that there is some distinct recognition earned by each student who completes the program. The submission must include a summary description of the entire program as well as titles of each component and brief content description. For example, there is a master's level specialization in Inclusive Design at the University at Buffalo in the Department of Architecture.
  • Programs with universal design infused throughout  -  This could also be a graduate program, an undergraduate major, or a certificate program. What distinguishes this is that universal design is infused throughout the curriculum, and there is no special notice or recognition about the universal design content. For example, the Interior Design program at Eastern Michigan University has infused universal design content in lecture, studio and practicum experiences throughout the four-year degree program.

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Course or Studio Outline

  • Courses that focuses on universal design  -  This is a stand-alone course devoted to the topic. It may be within a degree program, or part of a continuing education program. For example, The College of Design at NC State offers an online, semester-long introductory course in universal design.
  • Courses with universal design infused throughout  -  The course content integrates universal design issues and values within the overall course content. For example, a landscape design course at the University of Oregon at Eugene addressed social factors in design.

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Course Project, Unit or Lecture

  • This is an independent unit that may be incorporated into a number of courses. These will vary widely in length. A unit can be a single lecture (e.g., introduction to universal design), a week-long sketch problem, or a several-week project. For example, you can see a multi-week module, the Transition Station project that was part of a second-year architectural design studio at the University at Buffalo on this web site. A much briefer example is the module that is part of the Architecture and Human Behavior course at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

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Student Research or Thesis Project

  • We welcome examples of outstanding student projects. Students must submit these projects or theses with the recommendation of the faculty member. For example, graphic design students at the Rhode Island School of Design conducted a research project on accessible web design.

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Short Event

  • This could be a mini-course or institute, a workshop or seminar, a design charette, a design competition, or an exhibit. It is characterized by its occasional quality; it is not an ongoing activity. For example, the Adaptive Environments Center's "Learning by Design" summer workshop for elementary school children involved them in planning a universally designed South Boston Waterfront Park.

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Teaching Technique: teaching techniques that accommodate teachers with disabilities and/or unique styles

  • We welcome any details of how you have incorporated your own teaching style and or personal situation in your teaching. For example, Terry Brown, landscape professor at the University of Michigan, has developed techniques over the years that support his changing stamina.

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Teaching Technique: teaching techniques that accommodate students with disabilities and/or unique styles

  • We invite detailed examples, using specific teaching contexts, of how you present your teaching so that diverse learners can participate. For example, in Universal Design in Education (Bowe, 2000), Frank Bowe describes his presentation methods at Hofstra University so that his multicultural and other diverse learners can access the curriculum and the overall educational process.

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Teaching Technique: user involvement method

  • This specific category invites detailed descriptions of the processes that you have used, in more than one type of educational context, to engage the end user. The sources that you use, the agreements that you have with users, the preparation with the users in advance of their participation, the preparation of the students, the results of the user involvement - all the detail that relates to user participation is welcome. For example, workshops at the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) national conference in New Orleans, the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) regional conference in Tennessee, and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA)/American Institute of Architects (AIA)/Cranbrook Institute seminar in Michigan involved user/expert participants from nearby local communities in participatory sessions.

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Teaching Technique: evolution method

  • We want to share the methods by which you evaluate your program, project, event, and attitudes of participants. If possible, include evaluation methods for student work in response to both specific assignments in which you have emphasized universal design as well as other assignments in which it was not highlighted. What are the indicators that you use? What do students expect in their evaluation?

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Learning Content:

These range from single courses of any length to entire programs that are offered for individuals interested in studying universal design. They include degree programs that contain universal design instruction, programs that lead to a certificate in universal design, single or a series of distance education courses on universal design, short courses or institutes (typically a few days to a few weeks in duration), and continuing education courses (typically a few hours to a single day in length).

  • Degree Program Containing Universal Design
  • Certificate Program in Universal Design
  • Distance Education in Universal Design
  • Mini-Course or Institute on Universal Design
  • Continuing Education Course on Universal Design

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Resources:

This could be any material that supports the teaching or study of Universal Design such as a white paper, book, bibliography, web site, or other similar material. An annotated bibliography of your "Top Ten Resources" would be a valuable addition. Another example is the comprehensive Universal Design Custom Bibliography Tool that the Trace RandD Center at the University of Wisconsin at Madison offers on their web site.

  • Universal Design Bibliography
  • Universal Design Reading
  • Example of Universal Design
  • Link to Universal Design Publication Online
  • Link to Media Review
  • Link to Other Universal Design Resource

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Opportunity to Participate:

This site lists two types of opportunities to participate. The first type are items on a calendar of events that lists all types of conferences, workshops, meetings, and other events that include content on universal design. The second is calls for submissions of manuscripts to publications, and proposals to conferences, as well as entries to competitions that include or feature universal design as a primary judging or selection criterion.

  • Call or Competition Announcement
  • Event for the Calendar

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Selection Criteria for Teaching Materials

All submissions of teaching materials will be reviewed by a panel of educators with expertise in universal design. The criteria for selection will be:

1. The intent of the instructor is clearly expressed.

2. The purpose of the activity is clearly expressed.

3. The submission clearly uses a universal design approach and is not about minimal compliance with accessibility standards.

4. The content is presented in a way that another person would understand the purpose and process of the experience.

Everyone who submits materials, whether or not they are selected for publication, will receive written feedback from the panel of reviewers based on these criteria.

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Selection Criteria for Announcements

All submissions of resources and opportunities to learn or participate will be reviewed by the editors of this site. The criteria for selection will be:

1. The content is appropriate to this site.

2. The information is complete and accurate.

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