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Day 1 Presentations - Video

Below you can find all of the presentations which took place on day one of the conference. Click the drop downs to view the videos.

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Breakout Session 1

 Creating a 'ripple effect' to embed inclusive practices

Paddy Turner  (Sheffield Hallam University and NADP)
Following a successful inclusive transformation of a single module that created a ripple effect of change, this presentation will reflect on how this model was reproduced on a larger scale. How can success be measured? Will early adopters really tip the balance?

 Engaging disabled students in strategic projects: two case studies from the Open University

Dr. Chetz Colwell, Kate Lister, Ruth McFarlane, Jitse van Ameijde (Open University UK)
The Open University (UK) will present their approach to engaging disabled students in two related innovative projects: the development of an accessibility policy covering both teaching & learning and support; and an investigation of the language students use to speak about their disability which will inform University terminology.

 The role of the disability coordinator within the UDL framework 

Carla Van Oost, Hanne Vrijsen (VIVES University College), Debbie Van Loo (AP University College), Meggie Verstichele (SIHO)
Two university colleges in Belgium, represented by the disability-coordinators, discuss how the UDL framework is used within their higher education institution. They want to open discussions about how the disability coordinator can play its role as UDL ambassador within the higher education institution.

 Eye Opener - How teacher trainers can coach students during internships taking the diversity of students into account

Katrien Durinck, An Standaert (University College Ghent)
The goal of the Eye Opener project was to support teacher trainers in adequately addressing the diversity of students during their internships. During one year, teacher trainers of different teacher training institutes participated in an inter vision group guided by two process managers. UDL was one of the inspiring frameworks.

 Afternoon Plenary

 Launch of UDLL Guidelines

Kjetil Knarlag (Universell)

 UDL: learning by doing - European examples of Universal Design for Learning

Judith Jansen (Expert centre handicap + studie), Elinor Olausen (Universell)

 Breakout Session 2

 Addressing the ‘Why’ of UDL within the Teaching for Understanding classroom

Dr. Marian McCarthy, Dr. Brian Butler (University College Cork)
Academic staff registered for the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at UCC use a Teaching for Understanding approach to research and document their teaching and their students’ learning. This framework is a valuable catalyst for Universal Design for Learning approaches.

 The 2 Way Learning Street – How Mentoring Benefits All

Christel Berg (Lund University)
We apply the maxim “what is necessary for students with disabilities is of benefit to other students” to the concept of mentoring in higher education. Introducing the new agent of change: The chance for mentors to experience and learn from students with disabilities – the two way learning street.

 Embedding Universal Design: Partnerships for Success

Dr. Lisa Padden, Sue Meehan (University College Dublin)
UCD Access & Lifelong Learning have partnered with UCD Teaching & Learning with the aim to embed universal design and inclusivity in the teaching practice across the university. This presentation will outline the facets of the partnership and our current projects. 
UCD Access & Lifelong Learning have partnered with UCD Teaching & Learning with the aim to embed universal design and inclusivity in the teaching practice across the university. This presentation will outline the facets of the partnership and our current projects. 

The Deaf Student Voice: Experiences of Irish Sign Language Interpretation in Higher Education

Caroline McGrotty (AHEAD)
Key findings of recent empirical research which documented the experiences of Deaf students who use Irish Sign Language as their primary language, focusing in particular on how they interacted and worked with interpreters in higher education settings.

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