IDEA 103 + 104: The New Demographics + Practicing Universal Design



12.75 hours (LU | HSW)


These courses were formerly combined as a single course titled, “Practicing Universal Design.” They were split into two courses and re-titled to better align with the chapter titles in the associated textbook, but are still being packaged together.

The first course provides background material to understand disability demographics and, specifically, the aging of post-industrialized societies. A closer look at demography demonstrates how the field can support universal design practice, and assist in the identification of emerging end-user trends and important design issues.

The second course explores the emergence of universal design practices in a range of professions. Universal design is presented as an example of innovation. The process and mechanisms of innovation diffusion are studied in relation to universal design, and strategies for increasing the adoption of universal design are examined.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of these courses, participants will be able to…

  1. Explain why a focus on only people with disabilities limits universal design.
  2. Give examples of groups that benefit from universal design, other than people with disabilities.
  3. Identify and critique myths associated with the aging population using demographic data.
  4. Discuss how demographic data on universal design beneficiaries should influence the design of the built environment.
  5. List the five stages of innovation diffusion.
  6. Describe the relationship between innovation diffusion and strategies for the adoption of universal design.
  7. List and describe the eight goals of universal design.
  8. Give examples of each of the eight goals of universal design in the built environment.


Students must create a account and purchase courses. The course is on-demand, available anytime!

To complete these courses, students must complete approximately 12.75 hours (LU | HSW) of work during a 1-year window of availability. There are no required sign-in times; however, there are established due dates designed to keep students working at a sufficient pace. Specifically, students must:

  1. Read the assigned portions of the textbook: Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments (sold separately in print and e-book format at Wiley and Amazon).
  2. Read additional assigned materials provided on the course websites.
  3. View all videos in their entirety.
  4. Respond to at least 4 assignments on the discussion board, and respond to any instructor comments.
  5. Correctly answer at least 70% of the multiple-choice questions on tests corresponding to each assignment within the time limits specified for each test.

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Additional information


Interactive (Scheduled)


5-15 Hours




Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments

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