IDEA 304: Practicing Universal Design



1.5 Hours AIA LU


This 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 this course, participants will be able to…

  • List the five stages of innovation diffusion.
  • Describe the relationship between innovation diffusion and strategies for the adoption of universal design.
  • List and describe the eight goals of universal design.
  • Give examples of each of the eight goals of universal design in the built environment.


Students must create a account and purchase the course. Access to this course begins immediately.

To complete this course, students must complete approximately 1.5 hours of work anytime during a 1-year window of availability. Specifically, students must:

  1. Read “Practicing Universal Design” (Chapter 4, approximately 10,000 words) in the textbook: Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments (sold separately in print and e-book format at Wiley and Amazon).
  2. Correctly answer at least 7 out of 10 multiple-choice test questions within a single 20-minute session.

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Additional information

AIA Credit Type



Test Only


1-2 Hours




Universal Design: Creating Inclusive Environments

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