Low Physical Effort in Multimodal Assignments

Low physical effort means that the multimodal assignment can be achieved “efficiently and comfortably and with a minimum of fatigue.” According to the Center for Universal Design, this means allowing a “user to maintain a neutral body position” and minimizing “sustained physical effort.” For multimodal assignments, this includes:

  • Reducing trips to media labs or maker spaces, especially if these are in distant locations. At a minimum, this means providing students with sufficient notice of trips to media labs or maker spaces and offering information about accessing these spaces.
  • Implementing/Providing composing tools that minimize physical effort. For instance, providing tools that minimize repetitious bodily movements or that do not require strength to operate.
  • Minimizing class activities that require excess physical movement. For instance, class activities that require students to move about campus or to move chairs and desks.


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