In 2002, Renton Technical College began a Pilot project using Universal Design
for Learning in several classrooms to try to help students with learning
difficulties become more successful students. A cross departmental team was put
together comprised of 7 instructors from a variety of classrooms, two staff
from Information Services, the Special
Needs Counselor, Learning Specialist Counselor and a project coordinator from
the Instructional Improvement Office. The Dean of Basic Studies provided
oversight to the project. In the second and third years of the grant, more
instructors volunteered and were selected as enthusiasm over the results of UDL
grew. In 2005, the Department of Education granted an additional 3
years to include ALL students with disabilities and to expand to
other colleges in the State of Washington.
Instructors participating in the Project are trained in topics
such as learning disabilities, brain based learning, Universal
Design for Learning, assistive technology and learning strategies.
They are helped with using assistive and multi modal technologies for their
In addition, the UDL project developed a Learning Assessment web-program that helps
students identify learning barriers and preferences, and suggests learning
strategies. This program also gives the instructor reports on the types of
learning concerns and learning preferences in the classroom so that
instructional delivery can be modified to meet the needs of the class.
Two other colleges, The Institute of Extended Learning, part of
the Community Colleges of Spokane, and Bates Technical College ,
began participation in the UDL project in 2005.
More indepth information on the UDL project can be found at the
Instructional Improvement website’s UDL grant section at