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Designing an Effective Syllabus

Resources to help faculty and staff design an effective syllabus to engage and motivate students

Accessibility at Marquette

Marquette University is committed to creating and sustaining a diverse environment that is both equitable and inclusive by ensuring university resources are accessible to people of all abilities.

For the Fall of 2017, all new materials used, built into, or added to a course that contains electronic information needs to be accessible compliant. By 2020, all electronic materials in courses need to be compliant. 

Accessibility and good design benefits all students - not just those who need it the most.

Accessibility and Accommodation Statements

Covid-19 update from ODS: 

The office of Disability Services is also prepared to help students process accommodation requests based on medical or personal needs related to COVID-19. Please contact as soon as possible if you feel you may need to explore modifications related to a disability or COVID-19, even if htat need may not be immediate.

Resources at Marquette

Universal Design

Universal Design Learning (UDL) is a" framework that recognizes learner variability and is a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone–not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches to teaching and learning." - from CAST Professional Learning ( CAST created this framework)

The graphic below discusses equity and equality. The goal of UDL is to reflect panel three - remove the systematic barrier so accommodations are not needed in the first place. 

three panels. panel 1 - three people are watching baseball game behind a fence, all are standing on boxes of the same size (equality) but the shortest person still cannot see over the fence - equality doesn't mean everyone can participate. panel 2 - each person is standing on a different size box that allows each of them to be at the same height and all can see over the fence - implying that each person needs a tailored solution to be "equal" - in the third panel, the wooden fence is replaced by a wire fence and no boxes are needed to watch the baseball game - eliminating the barrier of participation all together.

Craig ( created a two-panel equality vs equity cartoon in 2012, and it has evolved into an internet meme - including this version. It is unknown who the author of this image is. Craig has detailed a history of the graphic in a Medium blog post: