Date: Friday, December 3, 2021
Time: 12.00 - 13.00

You are invited to attend a workshop on

Promoting Inclusivity through Universal Design for Learning with Tracy Galvin, Queen’s University Belfast 
as part of the National Forum Seminar Series 2021/22
Friday 3 December 2021 12.00-13.00 via MS Teams (link provided upon registration)

All welcome to attend but participants must register here

Convenor: Dr Lydia Bracken (Lydia.Bracken@ul.ie)

Description

Over the past two years, both staff and learners in higher education have engaged in significant skills development, as practices have moved away from a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Additionally, digital accessibility requirements have required Irish institutions to ensure that websites, virtual learning environments, mobile apps, and all digital content are fully compliant. More and more, we are seeing higher and further education institutions adopting a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) approach to minimise barriers and maximise learning with a shift away from the notion of the mythical ‘average learner’ to more equitable learning opportunities.

UDL is a pedagogical framework that is designed to give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. In this workshop, participants will be exposed to how UDL and accessibility compliment the wider context of the Sustainable Development Goals and will consider how the lessons learned during the pandemic can ensure that the learning experiences of our ever-increasing diverse learner population are catered for in a global context. Practical tips for embedding UDL and accessibility into your course design, including advice on supporting the learner voice, will be outlined. There will also be consideration of the potential of UDL as a framework to promote inclusivity and accessibility in other areas of campus life beyond the classroom.

The workshop forms part of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education's 2021/22 National Seminar Series.