Universal Design for Learning PowerPoint Tips

Creating PowerPoint presentations with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles in mind can make your content more accessible and engaging for a diverse audience. Here are some tips to incorporate UDL into your PowerPoint presentations:

Multiple Means of Representation

  • Use a clear and legible font with a minimum size of 24 point (pt).
  • Provide visual aids such as images, diagrams, data visualizations, and videos to support text.
  • Use high contrast between text and background colors to improve readability.
  • Include alternative text descriptions for images to assist people with visual impairments.
  • Incorporate best practices design principles.

Multiple Means of Expression

Multiple Means of Engagement

  • Incorporate storytelling techniques to make the content more relatable and engaging.
  • Break up the presentation into manageable sections with clear headings and transitions.
  • Allow for customization and personalization, such as providing options for learners to choose the order of topics or select different paths through the presentation.
  • Include real-life examples and scenarios that appeal to a diverse range of learners.

Accessibility Features

  • Create a title for each slide. Enter it in the “Title” placeholder for each slide (select View > Outline View). Slide titles are key for those using screen readers and are also beneficial for anyone reviewing the slides.
  • Alt text for images (select Tools > Accessibility > Alt Text and select each image). 
  • Ensure that your presentation is accessible to individuals with disabilities by using built-in accessibility features in PowerPoint, such as the Accessibility Checker.
  • Provide closed captions or transcripts for videos and spoken content.
  • Use slide layouts and formatting features to create a logical reading order for screen readers.
  • Do not use color as the sole means of conveying information; use text and/or symbols as well. 
  • Run Accessibility Checker (Review tab or Tools > Check Accessibility).

Clear Organization and Navigation

  • Use a consistent layout throughout the presentation to help learners navigate and understand the content.
  • Include a table of contents or navigation slide to allow your audience to jump to specific sections easily.
  • Number slides and provide clear titles to aid in navigation.

By incorporating these principles into your PowerPoint presentations, you can create a more inclusive learning experience for all learners, regardless of their abilities or learning styles.

Microsoft Support. https://support.microsoft.com

Center for Teaching & Learning. UDL Principles for Designing Accessible Slideshows. Boston University. https://www.bu.edu/ctl/ctl_resource/udl-principles-for-designing-accessible-slideshows/

Note: This article was written with the help of ChatGPT 3.5, OpenAI, May 11, 2024, chat.openai.com.