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College wide approaches that support inclusion for all in the Digital World

The swift move to remote and hybrid learning has magnified significant challenges that already existed around student access to online environments and accessibility of online teaching tools, materials and practices. Accessible digital infrastructure and staff awareness on how to apply inclusive practice and accessibility principles within their own remit are essential to delivering a quality experience for student with disabilities.

With new legislation on the horizon in Ireland’s imminent transposition of the EU Web Accessibility Directive, this theme explores approaches that seek to embed inclusion and digital accessibility practices in the fabric of the college/centre through the implementation of college-wide policy, the featuring of accessibility and inclusion pointers in all staff guidance, the development college campaigns and toolkits, and wide scale professional development programmes relating to inclusion. It explores work that seeks to build a culture where inclusion is everyone’s business.

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Pre-recorded Sessions

Pre-recorded Sessions

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

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

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

Thursday 29 April

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, Atlantic Technological University Dr Shelley Brady, Disability Officer, Institute of Technology Sligo Dr Ellen McCabe, Instructional Designer, Institute of Technology Sligo

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

Friday 30 April

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

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.
    Dr Vivian Rath, Trinity College Dublin
  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

15.30-16.30 Weekly Close and Reflection (Live Only)

  1. Week 4 Close and Reflection Session
    Dr Marian McCarthy, Vice President Emerita Teaching and Learning, University College Cork Dr Vivian Rath, Trinity College Dublin

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