Universal Design (UD) eLearning Interaction

This interactive eLearning course is designed to help people define and explain the seven principles of universal design (UD).

  • Target Audience: Engineers, Architects, Designers, Project Managers

  • Authoring Tool(s): Storyline 360

  • Year Created: 2020


Universal Design (UD) is applicable to virtually any product, tool, device, or system we use in our everyday lives. UD is governed by seven principles that should be part and parcel of any design process. Using Storyline 360, I envisioned an eLearning interaction that would serve two purposes:

  1. Explain each of the seven principles of UD, and

  2. Serve as part of a knowledge library that can be referred to at anytime when a refresher is needed.

After completing this interaction, the learner will be able to identify, define, and explain the seven principles of UD.

Instructional Design

First and foremost, the target audience was identified. Once the target audience was known, measurable learning outcomes were created to guide the design and content development process:

  • Define universal design (UD)

  • Identify the seven principles of UD

  • Explain the seven principles of UD

With these learning outcomes in mind, the interaction was developed in a structured manner where each of the principles can be reviewed by the learner individually. Each principle also has a corresponding example with an image or video demonstrating the principle in action.

Learners can choose to explore the principles in order from number one through seven. The interaction is also meant to serve as part of a knowledge library which the learner can refer to at a later time, thus the ability for learners to choose their own path and not follow a prescribed order was provided. Once learners have reviewed all seven principles, the interaction ends.

Images and videos were procured from stock content provided by the Storyline 360 content library (Library 360). Information about UD and the seven principles were sourced from the North Carolina State University, Center for Universal Design.

View the Interaction

The video below shows the entirety of the interaction. Please note that the images are crisper and the animations smoother in the finalized interaction than what is shown in the video. There is no audio in the video.