UDI can be applied to a variety of situations including teaching, communication, support service and environment. Some examples of actual applications are as follows:
1. Using visuals in the classroom
- Prove a course outline to make your lectures more predictable and accessible.
- Distribute copies of visual materials to students ahead of time.
- Use diagrams that relate new concepts to old, using a concept map that is built upon during the course.
2. Point of Reference
- Build pauses into your delivery to allow students time to switch their attention between the teacher, the interpreter/captionist, and the visual material.
- Instead of saying ‘this’ or ‘that’, be more specific, e.g. ‘use the test tubes stored under the sink”.
- If using a PowerPoint slide, pause as each line/slide appears to allow students time to read, before proceeding with the explanation.
3. Directions for Labs
- Discuss any changes before lab begins (in class, via email, or postings).
- Give students handouts with lab instructions printed on them.
4. Classroom set-up
- Have students sit in a semi-circle for clear lines of sight.
- Be aware of distractions, e.g. computers, lights, audio-visual equipment.
- Ensure that all students have a clear line of sight to the interpreter and/or captionist.