Universal Design = Our Design

Instructor: 
Margot Olson
Day/Time Taught: 
TR 2:00 – 3:15 pm
Term: 
Fall
Year: 
2013
Prefix: 
UCO
Course Number: 
1200
Section-1: 
163

How often have you heard yourself or someone else say “What a lousy design! Why is this thing not working?” On a daily basis we encounter designs of physical spaces, systems, and products, some of which are easy to navigate or use and others that stop us in our tracks. In this course, we will explore the concept of universal design (simply defined as “removing barriers to access”) from multiple perspectives. The term “universal design” was coined in the late 1980s and resulted in the creation of universal design centers across the globe. In tackling both the theoretical and practical aspects of this concept, we will use a principle taken from physics known as the "least action" principle. What it means for our purposes is that the best design is one that minimizes required action (inputs) while integrating the experiences of as many people as possible into the design.

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey
mccaugheym@appstate.edu

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