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Reconnection: Placing Inclusion at the heart of online learning and support

This event takes place over 5 weeks, each week featuring pre-recorded content, live presentations and interactive discussions on the weekly themes : 

  • Week 1: 'Welcome Everybody' - Universal Design for Learning in the Online Classroom
  • Week 2: 'I did it my way' - Assistive Technology and Customised Learning 
  • Week 3: 'What can I do for you?' - Disability Support in Online Learning 
  • Week 4: 'Home Sweet Home' - College Wide Approaches to Support Inclusion 
  • Week 5: 'Let's Do Lunch' - Virtually Connected Teachers and Learners 

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Full Programme

Click the dropdowns below to explore the content week by week, or click on a  week number in the navigation bar above. Hover over speaker images to see speaker names, or click see full bio.  

Week 1: Apr 6-9th

Week 1: Apr 6-9th

Pre-recorded Sessions

  1. Week 1 Pre-Record 1
    1. From the trenches: a phenomenological exploration of an instructor’s journey to reflect on learner engagement through the lens of inclusion within the abrupt 'COVID pivot' of two Higher Education courses to online delivery.
      Dr Frederic Fovet, Associate Professor, School of Education and Technology, Royal Roads University
  2. Week 1 Pre-Record 2
    1. Incorporating Digital Technologies and Online Delivery into an Inclusive Curriculum.
      Gary Vear, Senior Learning Technologist, University Academy 92 Stephanie Petrou, Student Wellbeing Officer, University Academy 92
  3. Week 1 Pre-Record 3
    1. The Design Thinking Class: experiencing the extremes to inform Universal Design
      Allen Higgins, College of Business, University College Dublin Tina Lowe, Access & Lifelong Learning Centre, University College Dublin

Tuesday 6th Apr

  1. 15:30-16:30 - Conference Orientation Session (Live and Recorded)
    1. Introductory welcome session for participants, describing how the conference format works and showcasing the platform features
      Dara Ryder, AHEAD Orla Lehane, AHEAD Niamh Grennan, AHEAD Trevor Boland, AHEAD

Thursday 8th Apr

  1. 15.00-16.00 - Week 1 Keynote (Live and Recorded)
    1. UDL: Connecting FET Learners, Practitioners, and the World
      Ann Heelan, UniversalDesignforLearning.ie Dr. Thomas J. Tobin, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  2. 16.00 to 16.30 Reconnection Space (Live Only)
    1. A meeting space to join for unstructured networking and chat with other conference participants. Meet new colleagues and build your inclusive community.

Friday 9th Apr

  1. 14:00-15:20 - Parallel 1: Workshop (Live Only)
    1. 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.
  2. 14:00-15:20 - Parallel 2: Themed Presentations (Live and Recorded)
    1. Easy as 1, 2, 3... Effective UDL Applications for Virtually Connecting with Your Students
      Michelle Bartlett, PhD, Faculty Scholar, North Carolina State University Dr Suzanne Ehrlich, EdD, Assistant Professor & Program Area Co-Leader, University of North Florida
    2. 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 Laura Lee, Research Support Officer in the Centre for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning, University College Cork
    3. Workshop activities supporting Universal Design for eLearning (UDeL) in Higher Education Institutions
      Elinor Jeanette Olaussen, Senior Advisor, Universell, Norway. Dr Håkan Eftring, Assistant Professor and Director of Studies, Lund University, Sweden. Dr Merja Saarela, Principal Lecturer and Research Group Leader, Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK), Finland.
  3. 15.30-16.30 Weekly Close and Reflection (Live Only)
    1. 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 Vivian Rath, Trinity College Dublin

Week 2: Apr 12-16th

Week 2: Apr 12-16th

Pre-recorded Sessions and Poster

  1. Week 2 Pre-Record 1
    1. ExS: Helping Students in Higher Education Develop their Executive Functioning Skills
      Kristin Horan, Lecturer, Shannon College of Hotel Management Orla Cullinane, Lecturer, Shannon College of Hotel Management Loraine Kavanagh, Lecturer, Shannon College of Hotel Management
  2. Week 2 Pre-Record 2
    1. Harnessing Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) for the Sales Apprenticeship
      Siobhan Magner, National Programme Manager for the Sales Apprenticeship, Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education and Training Board (MSLETB) Edel Gavan, Technology Enhanced Learning Coordinator, Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education and Training Board Lorraine Devaney, Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education and Training Board
  3. Week 2 Pre-Record 3
    1. Mainstream Technology Solutions - Levelling the Playing Field for Vision Impaired Users
      Daniel Dunne, Assistive Technology Trainer, National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI). Cian O'Toole, Leaving Certificate Student, St Joseph's Secondary School
  4. Week 2 Poster 1
    1. Meaningful and Peer Supported Virtual Work Placements for Young Students in Transition Year
      Edel Doherty, Children and Young Person's Team, National Council for the Blind Ireland Clare Kennelly, CEO, Inclusive World Training Shane Earley, Student

Thursday 15th April

  1. 15.00-16.00 - Week 2 Keynote (Live Only)
    1. A Bicycle for the Mind: How Technology Can Empower All Learners for Success
      Luis Pérez Ph.D., Technical Assistance Specialist, National Center on Accessible Educational Materials at CAST
  2. 16.00 to 16.30 Reconnection Space (Live Only)
    1. A meeting space to join for unstructured networking and chat with other conference participants. Meet new colleagues and build your inclusive community

Friday 16th April

  1. 14:00-15:20 - Parallel 1: Themed Presentations (Live and Recorded)
    1. 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 Paul Geoghegan, Undergraduate Student, Technological University Dublin
    2. A Whole-Systems Holistic Approach to Designing an Enabling Higher Education Setting for All
      Dr Klavdija Zorec, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Dublin City University
    3. Opportunities and Challenges of Assistive Technology during the COVID-19 Pandemic
      Aoife McNicholl, PhD Candidate, Dublin City University
  2. 14:00-15:20 - Parallel 2: Themed Presentations (Live and Recorded)
    1. Study Tools for All: Is it Time to Rename Assistive Technology?
      Piers Wilkinson, Higher Education and Student Partnerships Coordinator, Diversity and Ability Charlie Wood, Higher Education Relations Lead, Diversity and Ability David Mooney, Senior Inclusive Consultant and SpLD Tutor, Imperial College London
    2. Supporting Students Online: Inclusive Digital Learning with Blackboard Ally at NUI Galway
      Kate Molloy, National University of Ireland, Galway Cameron Keighron, PhD Candidate, National University of Ireland, Galway Jane Ennis, National University of Ireland, Galway
    3. Is Assistive Technology Everyone’s Business?
  3. 15.30-16.30 Weekly Close and Reflection (Live Only)
    1. A facilitated dialogue on the Week 2 conference theme and a space to discuss the issues and questions raised.

Week 3: Apr 19-23rd

Week 3: Apr 19-23rd

Pre-recorded Sessions and Poster

  1. Week 3 Pre-Record 1
    1. Personal Assistants in the Virtual World of Further Education
      Angela Fahy, Personal Assistant, Kinsale College of Further Education Gail Jones, Personal Assistant, Kinsale College of Further Education
  2. Week 3 Pre-Record 2
    1. The Unexpected Advantages of a Global Pandemic When Losing Your Sight! Managing an Acquired Disability During Education
      Caroline Lane, Children and Young Person's Team Lead, National Council for the Blind Ireland Denis Ryan, Undergraduate Student, University of Limerick Maya Flynn, Student
  3. Week 3 Pre-Record 3
    1. What Bookshare Can Do for You?
      Lina Kouzi, National Library Manager at the National Council for the Blind of Ireland
  4. Week 3 Pre-Record 4
    1. Connecting Online: Webinar series for Student Success
      Gerard Gallagher, Disability Advisor, Maynooth University Aoife Mulrooney, Assistant Psychologist, National Learning Network & Maynooth University Keeva Kavanagh, Assistant Psychologist, National Learning Network & Maynooth University
  5. Week 3 Pre-Record 5
    1. From Reasonable Adjustment to Inclusive Practice? Exploring the Influence of Lecture Capture Technology on the Academic Outcomes and Learning Experiences of Disabled Students in Higher Education
      John Harding, Head of the Disability Resource Centre, University of Cambridge
  6. Week 3 Poster 1
    1. Returning to Work After Acquired Brain Injury: A Mixed Method Case Study
      Valerie Burke, Vocational Facilitator, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland Emer Duffy, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland

Thursday 22 April

  1. 15.00-16.00 - Week 3 Keynote (Live and Recorded)
    1. Are We There Yet?… The Long Journey to Accessible Learning Experiences
      Dónal Rice, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, National Disability Authority Alistair McNaught, Alistair McNaught Consultancy Ltd
  2. 16.00 to 16.30 Reconnection Space (Live Only)
    1. A meeting space to join for unstructured networking and chat with other conference participants. Meet new colleagues and build your inclusive community.

Friday 23 April

  1. 14:00-15:20 - Parallel 1: Workshop (Live Only)
    1. Online Social Support Group for Autistic Students – A Pilot Project as a Response to the Restrictions of Covid-19
      Sharron Sturgess, Study Adviser for Autism and Asperger Syndrome University of Leicester UK Zyggy Banks, University of Leicester
  2. 14:00-15:20 - Parallel 2: Themed Presentations (Live and Recorded)
    1. Launchpad Online: How Student Ownership can Transform an Orientation Programme
      Simon Ahern, Educational Technology Officer, Maynooth University Martha Brandes, Outreach Officer, Maynooth University
    2. Roadmap: An Online Evidence-based and Innovative Support Tool for Students with Disabilities
      Valerie Van Hees, Coordinator of the Support Centre for Inclusive Higher Education (SIHO, Belgium) Dominique Montagnese, Support Centre for Inclusive Higher Education (SIHO, Belgium)
    3. Mental Health Awareness & Inclusion
      Carol Neenan, Active Inclusion Officer, Cork Education and Training Board (CETB)
  3. 15.30-16.30 Weekly Close and Reflection (Live Only)
    1. A facilitated dialogue on the Week 3 conference theme and a space to discuss the issues and questions raised

Week 4: Apr 26-30th

Week 4: Apr 26-30th

Pre-recorded Sessions

  1. Week 4 Pre-Record 1
    1. Welcoming and Supporting Students in a University for All: Finding Opportunities for Inclusion Online
      Dr Lisa Padden, Project Lead, University for All, UCD Access & Lifelong Learning, University College Dublin Kim Lombard, Occupational Therapist, UCD Access & Lifelong Learning, University College Dublin
  2. Week 4 Pre-Record 2
    1. Academic Reading Lists and Course Content in Multiple Alternative Formats: A Universal Design Success Story @IADT
      Jade Walsh, Assistant Psychologist, National Learning Network, IADT Dun Laoghaire Colm Olwill, Assistive Technology Tutor, IADT Dun Laoghaire Alice Morrissey, Library Assistant, IADT Dun Laoghaire
  3. Week 4 Pre-Record 3
    1. A Shared Vision for Inclusion in Higher Education: Three Perspectives on Embedding UDL Principles During the Swift Move to Online Learning
      Suzanne Stone, Learning Technologist, Dublin City University Tracy Galvin, Education Developer, Queen's University Belfast Karen Buckley, Academic Developer, Teaching Enhancement Unit, National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL), Dublin City University

Thursday 29 April

  1. 15.00-16.00 - Week 4 Keynote (Live and Recorded)
    1. 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 Dr Shelley Brady, Disability Officer, Institute of Technology Sligo Dr Ellen McCabe, Instructional Designer, Institute of Technology Sligo
  2. 16.00 to 16.30 Reconnection Space (Live Only)
    1. A meeting space to join for unstructured networking and chat with other conference participants. Meet new colleagues and build your inclusive community.

Friday 30 April

  1. 14:00-15:20 - Parallel 1: Workshop (Live Only)
    1. Building Inclusive and Accessible Communities: Providing the Right Tools to Inform Educators and Learners through an Interactive Accessibility Toolkit
      Tracy Galvin, Education Developer, Queen's University Belfast Jen McParland, Digital Learning Consultant, Queen's University Belfast
  2. 14:00-15:20 - Parallel 2: Themed Presentations (Live and Recorded)
    1. Supporting Inclusion in Digital Further Education and Training (FET) Settings: A Collaborative Submission from Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB), Cork Education and Training Board (CETB) & Donegal Education and Training Board (DETB)
      Carol Neenan, Active Inclusion Officer, Cork Education and Training Board (CETB) Charles Gorney, Adult Education Officer, Donegal Education and Training Board Aobhán Haverty, Adult Education Officer, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board Crona Gallagher, Donegal Education and Training Board (ETB).
    2. The Social Engagement Experiences of Disabled Students in Higher Education in Ireland.
    3. Inclusive Learning at NUI Galway: Hearing and Embedding the Student Voice
      Cameron Keighron, PhD Candidate, National University of Ireland, Galway Dr Lucy-Ann Buckley, Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law, National University of Ireland, Galway Dr Dinali Wijeratne, Postdoctoral Researcher, National University of Ireland Galway
  3. 15.30-16.30 Weekly Close and Reflection (Live Only)
    1. A meeting space to join for unstructured networking and chat with other conference participants. Meet new colleagues and build your inclusive community.

Week 5: May 4-7th

Week 5: May 4-7th

Pre-recorded Sessions and Posters

  1. Week 5 Pre-Record 1
    1. Online Jigsaw Method for Inclusive Teaching
      Jane Brennan, Enabling Transitions Schools Facilitator, IT Tralee Siobhan Mac Garry, IT Tralee
  2. Week 5 Pre-Record 2
    1. Adapting a Peer Mentoring Programme for the Digital World
      Suzanne McCarthy, Educational Psychologist, Rehab Group / National Learning Network Aisling Creighton, Assistant Psychologist, Rehab Group/ National Learning Network
  3. Week 5 Pre-Record 3
    1. No Disabled Need Apply: My Journey as a Disabled, International Student in Ireland
      Lindsey Pamlanye, International Partnerships Assistant, University College Dublin.
  4. Week 5 Pre-Record 4
    1. Hearing the Voice of Disabled Staff, PhD and Postdocs with Disabilities in Trinity College Dublin
      Dr Vivian Rath, Trinity College Dublin Dr Patricia McCarthy, Associate Research Fellow. Trinity College Dublin Dr Clodagh Brook, Associate Vice Provost for EDI and Associate Professor of Italian, Trinity College Dublin.
  5. Week 5 Pre-Record 5
    1. Dutch National Network Student Welfare
      Joyce Van der Wegen, CINIOP Judith Jansen,
  6. Week 5 Poster 1
    1. UDL, Coffee, Chats, and Knowledge Nibbles Building a Virtual UDL Social Network
      Cathy O' Kelly, Institute of Technology, Sligo Mairead McCann, Institute of Technology, Sligo
  7. Week 5 Poster 2
    1. The NICE Programme: Your Roadmap to Starting a Virtual Exchange
      Lindsey Pamlanye, International Partnerships Assistant, University College Dublin. Anna Creery, University of Edinburgh
  8. Week 5 Poster 3
    1. Face-to-Face and Online Networks: Diverse doctoral candidates’ experiences?
      Maeve O' Regan, PhD researcher Trinity College Dublin

Thursday 6 May

  1. 15.00-16.00 - Week 5 Keynote (Live and Recorded)
    1. The Age of Engagement, Inclusion and Identity
      Andy Hargreaves, Director of Chenine (Change, Engagement and Innovation in Education)
  2. 16.00 to 16.30 Reconnection Space (Live Only)
    1. A meeting space to join for unstructured networking and chat with other conference participants. Meet new colleagues and build your inclusive community

Friday 7 May

  1. 14:00-15:20 - Parallel 1: Workshop (Live Only)
    1. Communities of Practice - What are They and Where do I Start?
      Carrie Archer, City of Dublin Education and Training Board
  2. 14:00-15:20 - Parallel 2: Themed Presentations (Live and Recorded)
    1. Lunchtime Learning and Building an Online UDL Community at NUI Galway
      Jane Ennis, National University of Ireland, Galway Kate Molloy, National University of Ireland, Galway Dr Daniel Savery, National University of Ireland, Galway
    2. Using Minecraft to Help Students with Autism Transition into University
      Clare Squires, De Montfort University
    3. Promoting Inclusive Learning: Communities of Practice, Accessibility and a UDL driven Lens
      Thomas O Shaughnessy, University of Limerick
  3. 15.30-16.30 Weekly Close and Reflection (Live Only)
    1. A facilitated dialogue on the Week 5 conference theme and a space to discuss the issues and questions raised.

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