Friday 16th 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.
Learning With a Little Help From my Friends: Inclusive and Structured Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Programmes Through the Lens of UDL
- Nevan Bermingham, Lecturer, TU Dublin
Nevan Bermingham Lecturer, TU Dublin
Nevan Bermingham is a Lecturer in Computer Science, Engineering, Business and Information Technology at the Technological University Dublin. He has a technology background and over 15 years of senior management experience within the ICT and Telecommunications industries. His research areas include peer learning for improved engagement and developing bespoke mobile apps for first year orientation.
Paul Geoghegan Undergraduate Student, Technological University Dublin
Paul is a former TU Dublin Access Foundation Student who is currently an undergraduate student of Computer Science in the TU Dublin. Paul is currently a Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Group Leader who delivers face to face and virtual sessions weekly with Access Students in computer programming.
A Whole-Systems Holistic Approach to Designing an Enabling Higher Education Setting for All
- Dr Klavdija Zorec, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Dublin City University
Dr Klavdija Zorec Post-Doctoral Researcher, Dublin City University
Dr Klavdija Zorec (BA, MEd, PhD) is currently a post-doctoral researcher in the School of Psychology at Dublin City University. Her scholarship examines the issues of diversity, equity and justice in education. She investigates social, cultural and systemic influences on learning and development of underrepresented and underserved groups. Her work focuses on a broad vision of human development and inclusion and centers on the development of empowered and meaningful lives.
Opportunities and Challenges of Assistive Technology during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Aoife McNicholl, PhD Candidate, Dublin City University
Aoife McNicholl PhD Candidate, Dublin City University
Aoife McNicholl is a PhD candidate in the School of Psychology at Dublin City University. Her doctoral research is funded by an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship. Aoife's research focuses on the impacts of assistive technology use for students with disabilities in higher education.
Study Tools for All: Is it Time to Rename Assistive Technology?
- Piers Wilkinson, Higher Education and Student Partnerships Coordinator, Diversity and Ability
Piers Wilkinson Higher Education and Student Partnerships Coordinator, Diversity and Ability
Piers studied Physical Oceanography at Bangor University, and supports Diversity and Ability's work as their Higher Education and Student Partnerships Coordinator. They've been deeply involved in representing disabled students for the last 6 years, culminating in being unanimously elected as the NUS Disabled Students Officer for the 2019/20 term. Piers' previous work includes commissioner for the HE Commission on Disabled Student Experiences, shaping the UKs implementation of the EU Web Accessibility Directive, and advising on the Student Minds Mental Health Charter.
Charlie Wood Higher Education Relations Lead, Diversity and Ability
A lover of maps, colouring-in and the ox-bow lakes. You guessed it! Charlie is a Geography graduate who now finds himself at the heart of the Higher Education outreach team at Diversity & Ability (D&A). Charlie uses his knowledge and experience of supporting disabled students to help Higher Education Providers create truly inclusive study and support spaces for all.
David Mooney Senior Inclusive Consultant and SpLD Tutor, Imperial College London
David has been an SpLD Specialist Tutor and PATOSS assessor since 1997 and has been working in Higher Education since 2001. His current position at Imperial College has developed to include the advisory remit on inclusion for disabled students generally and those with SpLDs in particular. As part of a recent Excellence for Teaching and Learning Project, he provided advice and guidance during curriculum redesign and assessment review. He has also a co-written, with the Education Development Unit, a workshop aimed at advising academics on how to improve their inclusive practice. He has a passionate interest in the field of inclusive technologies and the transformational impact they can have on teaching and learning.
Supporting Students Online: Inclusive Digital Learning with Blackboard Ally at NUI Galway
- Kate Molloy, National University of Ireland, Galway
Kate Molloy National University of Ireland, Galway
Kate Molloy is a Learning Technologist with the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at the National University of Ireland, Galway. She is currently working as NUI Galway project lead on the Irish Universities Association Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning project. Kate began her career as a secondary English teacher in Connecticut before moving home to Ireland. As a teacher, she became interested in critical pedagogy, inclusivity, and the use of technology. In 2015, she moved into higher education where she supports staff teaching with technology. Her work focuses on the informed and ethical use of technology in higher education, learning design, and open practice. Kate is Secretary, National Executive of the Computers in Education Society of Ireland.
Cameron Keighron PhD Candidate, National University of Ireland, Galway
Cameron Keighron is a PhD candidate in the School of Medicine and the student partner on the Inclusive Learning project at NUI Galway. In recent years, they have served as the Postgraduate Taught Officer and Vice-President of Education in NUI Galway Students' Union. Cameron is passionate about ensuring that the student voice is highlighted in the creation, delivery, and evaluation of learning and teaching.
Jane Ennis National University of Ireland, Galway
Jane Ennis is the Academic Skills Coordinator and a Disability Advisor with the Disability Support Service (part of the NUI Galway Access Centre). She is currently project manager for the Inclusive Learning at NUI Galway project. Her recent projects have focused on academic skills development, inclusive practice, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL).
Is Assistive Technology Everyone’s Business?
- Trevor Boland, Dublin City University
Trevor Boland Dublin City University
Trevor Boland is an experienced Assistive Technology Officer working in Higher Education supporting Students with disabilities. He previously lectured in the Access programme for non-traditional students in TU Dublin.
Trevor was previously the Digital and eLearning Officer in AHEAD and has been involved in the National rollout of the UDL Badge with UCD and the Teaching and Learning Forum.
A facilitated dialogue on the Week 2 conference theme 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.