Friday 9th April: Parallel Presentations & Weekly Close and Reflection
Two live online events take place each Friday afternoon throughout the conference, focused on that week's theme:
Parallel Presentations (14.00 - 15.20): choose between two parallel sessions. These presentations include workshops, presentations and discussions on the week's theme. Full details are included in the schedule.
Weekly close and reflection (15.30-16.30): each week ends with a facilitated dialogue on the week's conference theme. Hosted by conference rapporteurs Dr Marian McCarthy and Dr Vivian Rath, this session will invite conference attendees to consider the issues raised throughout the presentations and invite discussion around learnings and directions for the future.
Embracing equity in a public health emergency: the role of UDL in guiding instructors as they adapt to an unprecedented reliance on online and hybrid teaching.
- Dr Frederic Fovet, Associate Professor, School of Education and Technology, Royal Roads University
Dr Frederic Fovet Associate Professor, School of Education and Technology, Royal Roads University
Frederic's research and practice both focus on Inclusion and UDL. Frederic has been offering Masters level courses in Education for six years now. He focuses on both offering UDL expertise in his courses and modelling UDL in his own course design.
Easy as 1, 2, 3... Effective UDL Applications for Virtually Connecting with Your Students
- Michelle Bartlett, PhD, Faculty Scholar, North Carolina State University
Michelle Bartlett, PhD Faculty Scholar, North Carolina State University
Michelle Bartlett, Ph.D., is a faculty scholar at the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research at North Carolina State University. Michelle received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership with a cognate in Statistics at Clemson University. She currently is Editor for the Career & Technical Education Research Journal. Michelle has extensive experience designing and facilitating training for post-secondary education, business, and government programs. Michelle creates programs in Executive Leadership, Change, Conflict Management, Empowering Middle Management, Improving Training Effectiveness, and Instructional Design. She serves as VP for Membership on the Research Triangle Area Chapter Board.
Dr Suzanne Ehrlich, EdD Assistant Professor & Program Area Co-Leader, University of North Florida
Dr Suzanne Ehrlich is an Assistant Professor in the Educational Technology, Training and Development program at the University of North Florida. She has presented nationally/internationally on the topics of e-learning, implementing the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework for improved learner engagement and learning design. Her latest publications include her co-PI pilot study on Increasing Learner Engagement in Online Learning through the Use of Interactive Feedback and The Use of iPads to Bridge Education for Post-secondary Deaf Students. Her service efforts focus on faculty enhancement, distance learning, workplace training, and national groups including Educause (ID2ID) and Designers for Learning.
Universal Design for Learning at UCC: Where We've Been and Where We're Going
- Dr Brian Butler, Advisor for Inclusive Education and Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning Fellow, University College Cork
Dr Brian Butler Advisor for Inclusive Education and Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning Fellow, University College Cork
Dr Brian Butler works with the Disability Support Service and is the Advisor for Inclusive Learning and Teaching at UCC. He is also a Teaching Fellow working with the Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) where he teaches on two online programmes for staff of the university. Brian and Laura have co-facilitated the Digital Badge in Universal Design for Learning for three years.
Dr Laura Lee Research Support Officer in the Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, University College Cork
Dr Laura Lee is a Research Support Officer in the Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning at UCC. Laura co-facilitates the Digital Badge in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in UCC. She is currently leading an initiative that will ensure that the principles of UDL and UD are woven into teaching and learning activities as well as the broader institutional environment and workings.
Workshop activities supporting Universal Design for eLearning (UDeL) in Higher Education Institutions
- Elinor Jeanette Olaussen, Senior Advisor, Universell, Norway.
Elinor Jeanette Olaussen Senior Advisor, Universell, Norway.
Elinor Olaussen is Senior Advisor at Universell, which is the National Coordinator for Inclusion, Universal Design and Accessibility in Higher Education in Norway.
She participated in the coordinator team of an Erasmus+ project about universal design for learning, and has written a Best Practice Guideline for universal design for teaching and learning, and worked to develop and share sustainable systems for individual adaptation and universal design among universities and university colleges in Norway. She has years of experience in arranging workshops for staff in HE, and has in recent years participated as a guest lecturer for educational programs for new academic staff.
Dr Håkan Eftring Assistant Professor and Director of Studies, Lund University, Sweden.
Håkan Eftring is director of studies at the Department of Design Sciences and a teacher and researcher at the Certec division of Rehabilitation Engineering and Design at Lund University, Sweden. He has a PhD in Rehabilitation Engineering and is doing research in Universal Design.
At Lund University, he collaborates with the Accessibility Officers for students with disabilities and the Division for Higher Education Development. Together, they arrange seminars in Universal Design for Learning for directors of studies, teachers, librarians etc. Håkan teaches industrial design and engineering students in Universal Design, Cognitive Ergonomics and Rehabilitation Engineering.
Dr Merja Saarela Principal Lecturer and Research Group Leader, Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK), Finland.
Merja Saarela is a Principal Lecturer and Research Group Leader in Multisensory and Assistive Technology (MATEC), in Research Unit HAMK Smart, at Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK). She is the project manager of the TINEL project. Currently her research focuses on accessibility in higher education, user-centered wellbeing, information multimodality and assistive technology, interaction on game and learning platforms.
She is interested in social-neurocognitive learning difficulties, especially learning challenges caused by developmental disabilities, dementia and sensory deficits. She has over 20 years of experience in higher education teaching, research and administration. She has also experience in higher education evaluations.
A facilitated dialogue on the Week 1 conference theme, UDL in the Online Classroom, and a space to discuss the issues and questions raised.
- Dr Marian McCarthy, Vice President Emerita Teaching and Learning, University College Cork
Dr Marian McCarthy Vice President Emerita Teaching and Learning, University College Cork
Dr Marian McCarthy is a former Vice President for Teaching and Learning at UCC, a Fellow of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and a Senior Lecturer in Education. She was co-founder and director of UCC’s Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning. Her research interests include Multiple Intelligences theory, Teaching for Understanding, Universal Design for Learning and the Arts in Education.
Marian is a member of the Senate of the NUI and a former Governor of UCC. She also served on the Board of Directors of AHEAD, in which she has a keen interest.
Dr Vivian Rath Trinity College Dublin
Vivian completed his Ph.D in Trinity College Dublin on the social engagement experiences of disabled students in higher education in Ireland. Prior to that he obtained a master’s in management from UCD Smurfit Business School where he researched the employment of graduates with disabilities. He is a member of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission Disability Advisory Committee and acted as rapporteur for the IHREC reasonable accommodation in practice conference. He is an appointee to the National Disability Stakeholders Group. Vivian has worked in higher education for over ten years and is an adjunct teaching fellow in Trinity College Dublin where he lectures on disability and human rights. He received a TCD Equality Champion Award for his work promoting equality and diversity with the institution. He has extensive experience of empowering disabled people to access their right to education and employment opportunities.