Thursday 29th April
Each Thursday a keynote speaker will address the theme of the week. This is followed by a chance to network and chat in our weekly Reconnection Space.
An Effective Institutional Approach to Teaching, Learning & Assessment through a Universal Design for Learning Lens
- Maureen Haran, English Lecturer, Department of Social Science, Institute of Technology Sligo
Maureen Haran English Lecturer, Department of Social Science, Institute of Technology Sligo
Maureen Haran currently lectures on education-based programmes within the Institute of Technology Sligo. She has worked as an educator in both the Irish and American public education systems for over 16 years and has been an education reformer in working with educational development teams in both countries to design and implement inclusive education practices. She is undertaking her PhD in the field of learning, teaching and assessment with the focus of implementing Universal Design for Learning through a cross campus approach. Maureen continues to work on inclusive education initiatives by leading on continuous professional development of academic staff and actively works on a nationally funded project on UDL implementation within the third level sector in Ireland.
Dr Shelley Brady Disability Officer, Institute of Technology Sligo
Dr Shelley Brady has worked as an educator in a diversity of settings. The formative years of her career saw her supporting students in early intervention settings and primary schools as a Board-Certified Behaviour Analyst. She then went on to work in supporting staff and young adults in secondary and further education. Always interested in and driven by ethical evidence-based practice, Shelley went on to work as a teaching fellow in Queen's University. She now works in IT Sligo as the Disability Officer, where she supports students across the institute as well as supporting staff in the implementation of UDL across their teaching practices.
Dr Ellen McCabe Instructional Designer, Institute of Technology Sligo
Dr Ellen McCabe is an Instructional Designer at the Institute of Technology Sligo. Ellen's work is support based in the Centre for Online Learning (COL) in the development and delivery of online learning and learning platforms. She carries out functions in technology evaluation and acquisition, eLearning pedagogical research and development, staff training and support, quality assurance and course development. Ellen is one of five instructional designers and much of her work centres on design by inclusive practice.