Lightning 2.3: ENGAGE – An Online Learning Programme designed by Neurodivergent Educators for Neurodivergent Learners
In this lightning presentation, Claire, Head of Training with Thriving Autistic will guide attendees through the aims, general content, and impact of the ENGAGE programme.
In early 2022, Thriving Autistic, in partnership with Galway Autism Partnership delivered a sixweek education programme for neurodivergent adults wishing to start or return to third level education. The ENGAGE programme was designed using UDL principles and learner voice, including learners’ strengths and identified needs.
The three guiding principles of UDL were employed at all programme stages, including design, implementation, and evaluation. Information was represented in multiple ways; learners were encouraged to interact with the learning content in different formats and multiple creative and innovative methods were employed to enhance motivation and participant engagement.
The fully subscribed programme received very positive feedback from participants. Collaboratively, the participants and the facilitator navigated the digital divide to create a truly inclusive, impactful, and enjoyable learning environment.
Slides -AHEAD 2023 - Lightning Session 2.3 - ENGAGE - Neurodivergent Crossing the Digital Divide Together
Additional resources/further reading
Gonzalez, D. R. (2021). We're in this Together: Addressing the Struggle of Online Learning for Students with Special Needs.
Lesoski, C. M. (2022, March). Supporting Neurodivergent Learners Online: Strategies and Lingering Questions. In The National Teaching & Learning Forum (Vol. 31, No. 3, pp. 3-4).
Parkman, M. (2022). Passive to active: how online lessons create real world learners. 100 Ideas for Active Learning.