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Lightning Session

Each presentation during the Lightning Session will be six minutes, using a maximum of six slides. These rapid fire presentations will serve as a great introduction to projects, resources and approaches to inclusive education design across the sector.  

Accessibility in team work in post-secondary education: Using UDL to navigate a complex tension in pedagogical objectives

Team work has become increasingly popular in the post-secondary classroom.  For many instructors, this practice is grounded in a socio-constructivist perspective on learning and represents their first intuitive effort to move away from teacher-centric pedagogical practices.

Team work however is not inherently accessible and it creates multiple hurdles for a variety of diverse learners. 
This session will examine how to resolve this tension between two important objectives of student-centered learning. 
 

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Dr Frederic Fovet

Associate Professor, School of Education and Technology, Royal Roads University

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Design and Implementation of a Professional Development Offering for Inclusive Assessment in Higher Education

Widening of access and participation in higher education has increased in recent decades. We need to ensure that learning and teaching practices reflect the diversity present in the classroom. This work explores the barriers to implementing inclusive assessment in higher education and the creation of a professional development course. 

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Siobhan O'Neill

Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning at UCC

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Dr Laura Lee

Research Support Officer in the Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, University College Cork

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Universal Design for Learning encourages assessment by design, but what exactly does this mean for educators? (Cast, 2015)?

Witnesses report educators are running from their classrooms because they don’t have the tools needed during these chaotic times. During this presentation, we will focus on WHY Universal Design for Learning is an essential tool in boosting student ownership, which will improve their academic success and social-emotional well-being.

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Dr Brian Butler

Advisor for Inclusive Education and Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning Fellow, University College Cork

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Dr Laura Lee

Research Support Officer in the Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, University College Cork

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Academic Integrity - upholding our end of the bargain through offering choice in assessment

Dara Ryder flips the focus in the conversation around academic integrity from the students to the system. Do traditional methods of assessment actually support learning and if not, how can we change them to measure students learning outcomes without causing undo pressure or stress?

Further Resources

AHEAD Data Centre with information on students with disabilities

What is UDL??

UDL for FET Resource Hub?

UCD Case Studies & Steps for Offering Equitable Choice in Assessment?

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Dara Ryder

CEO, AHEAD

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