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Virtually Connected Teachers and Learners
When faced with new approaches and environments alone, obstacles to inclusion can seem insurmountable - however when we face them together, connections are built and creative solutions emerge. While the pandemic has meant that we must be more physically distant, we need to ensure that we foster rich virtual connections between staff and students to maintain wellbeing, share learning and meet the challenges of teaching, learning and living in the remote age.
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Pre-recorded Sessions and Posters
Pre-recorded Sessions and Posters
Week 5 Pre-Record 1
- Online Jigsaw Method for Inclusive Teaching
Jane Brennan, Enabling Transitions Schools Facilitator, IT Tralee
Jane Brennan Enabling Transitions Schools Facilitator, IT Tralee
Jane Brennan is the Enabling Transitions Facilitator for the SOAR project at IT Tralee. Enabling Transitions works with educators in the second level and further education systems to promote the independent learning skills of students, including those with disabilities, through the use of a range of appropriate technologies.
Jane is a teacher with experience in second level, further and higher education.
Siobhan Mac Garry IT Tralee
Siobhan Mac Garry co-ordinates the Service for Students with Learning Difference under whose remit the SOAR Enabling Transitions IT Tralee work stream operates. The Enabling Transitions project was conceived to address a gap long noted by the Service, notably that students with learning difference, in particular students from disadvantaged backgrounds, were presenting to the Institute with very limited or no prior exposure to how technology could support their literacy and learning . Siobhan devised the project plan to deal with this gap via a Train the Trainer approach.
Week 5 Pre-Record 2
- Adapting a Peer Mentoring Programme for the Digital World
Suzanne McCarthy, Educational Psychologist, Rehab Group / National Learning Network
Suzanne McCarthy Educational Psychologist, Rehab Group / National Learning Network
Suzanne has worked with the Rehab Group / NLN since 2003. She works in close partnership with a number of Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s), developing academic and well-being support services for students with learning, mental health, physical, and sensory disabilities. Suzanne develops protocols and procedures for supporting students with disabilities in conjunction with their respective learning provider. Suzanne has implemented incoming student screening models to validate early identification of learning support requirements for learners. She has assisted third-level institutions implement tailored universally designed learning services with positive measurable outcomes. She also delivers Continuous Professional Development (CPD) training to third-level staff, regularly presents research papers, and delivers guest lectures to post graduate education students in a number of different HEI’s. (B.A. Psych, HDip Ed., MA Professional Ed. Psych (PSI))
Aisling Creighton Assistant Psychologist, Rehab Group/ National Learning Network
Aisling Creighton has worked with Rehab Group / National Learning Network (NLN) in TU Dublin Blanchardstown since 2019. She works as part of a team of Educational Psychologists and Assistant Psychologists in the NLN, which is a holistic Educational Psychology Support Service available to all students on campus. Aisling works as an Assistant Psychologist in a multi-functional role, where one of her roles is to coordinate the Peer Mentoring Programme in the college. Aisling also supports students on a one-to-one basis who have learning, mental health, physical, and sensory disabilities.
Week 5 Pre-Record 3
- No Disabled Need Apply: My Journey as a Disabled, International Student in Ireland
Lindsey Pamlanye, International Partnerships Assistant, University College Dublin.
Lindsey Pamlanye International Partnerships Assistant, University College Dublin.
Lindsey moved to Dublin from New York to pursue an MSc in Equality Studies at University College Dublin. Her interests have blossomed from her lifetime journey with Hydrocephalus and Chronic Migraines. As a student, teacher, and program coordinator, who is both a service user and advocate for authentic inclusion, Lindsey works to explore gaps and opportunities to celebrate Disabled students contribution across all aspects of education. Her current focus involves promoting Disabled student participation in international programs through policy change.
Week 5 Pre-Record 4
- Hearing the Voice of Disabled Staff, PhD and Postdocs with Disabilities in Trinity College Dublin
Dr Vivian Rath, National Disabled Postgraduate Advisory Committee
Dr Vivian Rath National Disabled Postgraduate Advisory Committee
Vivian is the Organiser of the National Disabled Postgraduate Advisory Committee and the TCD Forum for Disabled Staff and Postgraduate Students. Vivian is an academic, a human and disability rights advocate and a change maker. He is currently an Adjunct Teaching Fellow in Trinity College Dublin (TCD) School of Education and the Research Officer with the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability (AHEAD). His Ph.D, titled the “social engagement experiences of disabled students in higher education in Ireland”, focused on the areas of disabled student social engagement, transitions, voice and belonging.
Dr Patricia McCarthy Associate Research Fellow. Trinity College Dublin
Dr Patricia McCarthy is Research Fellow in the School of Education TCD. Patricia’s ontological position as a disabled researcher is instrumental in her research, publications, academic work, and advocacy. Patricia is Co-Chair of TCD Staff Disability Working Group and Vice-Convenor of TCD Forum for Disabled Staff & Postgraduate Students
Dr Clodagh Brook Associate Vice Provost for EDI and Associate Professor of Italian, Trinity College Dublin.
Clodagh Brook is Associate Vice Provost for EDI and an Associate Professor of Italian. Educated at the University of Oxford (D Phil) and at University College, Dublin (BA and MA), she took up her position at Trinity College in 2017. She is author of 3 monographs, including her latest, Screening Religions in Italy (University of Toronto Press, 2019), which assesses how religions, including Islamic minorities, access the public sphere in Italy (or don’t). She also leads on a large AHRC-funded grant, Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2020: Interart/Intermedia, and has written widely on Italian cinema, culture and on identities.
Week 5 Pre-Record 5
- Dutch National Network Student Welfare
Joyce Van der Wegen, CINIOP
Joyce Van der Wegen CINIOP
Joyce is an expert in organizing inclusive education for young people with a mental or physical disability. In her projects she combines knowledge about psychology and the educational field to achieve her goals: embedding mental health in education by achieving concrete results and to bring about added social value. Joyce has a broad network in the educational field, experience in advocacy and political-administrative environments. Her expertise lies in creating a more inclusive higher education system. In each project, she strives for appropriate advice for those who the education is intended for: the student.
Judith is a senior researcher and consultant with a passion for inclusion and an experienced project manager, specialized in advice on the accessibility of (higher) education to students with physical, mental or chronical disabilities. As a project manager, Judith has 20 years of experience and knowledge about studying with a disability, flexible learning routes, Universal Design for Learning and the organization thereof. From vlogging students to scanning policy: Judith strives for accessible, flexible and inclusive higher education in her work. Judith is a well-spoken, kind discussion partner for colleagues, managers and education professionals, focused on delivering concrete results.
Week 5 Poster 1
- UDL, Coffee, Chats, and Knowledge Nibbles Building a Virtual UDL Social Network
Cathy O' Kelly, Institute of Technology, Sligo
Cathy O' Kelly Institute of Technology, Sligo
Cathy O' Kelly is an experienced professional and academic, having tenure at The Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ireland, since 2000, specialising in Management, Professional Skills and Entrepreneurship.
Graduating with a BA from NUI Galway and an MA in European Business Studies from The University of Ulster, Cathy gained international experience working with the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, Morimura International Trading Company, New York City, USA., Bahrain Polytechnic, Kingdom of Bahrain and Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Cathy was a member of the Research and Development Team for the Irish Strategic Innovation Funded, Accelerating Campus Entrepreneurship (ACE) project. Current research interests include advancing problem based learning approaches to education, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the use of technology in teaching.
Mairead McCann Institute of Technology, Sligo
Mairead McCann is a lecturer in the Institute of Technology, Sligo. Mairead teaches modules in People Management, Professional Skills and Transformational Change. Mairead has undertaken pedagogical research in Problem - Based Learning, Personal Development Planning and the challenges of lecturers migrating to tech-enabled classrooms. She is an elected member of the Academic Council and a member of the Learning, Teaching & Assessment and Planning & Co-ordination sub-committees of the Academic Council.
Mairead is currently undertaking a part-time PhD in the School of Arts, English and Languages in Queen's University of Belfast . Research interests include Critical Discourse Analysis and Stylistics.
Week 5 Poster 2
- The NICE Programme: Your Roadmap to Starting a Virtual Exchange
Lindsey Pamlanye, International Partnerships Assistant, University College Dublin. Anna Creery, University of Edinburgh
Anna Creery University of Edinburgh
Anna Creery is the Projects Manager within the Study and Work Away Service in Edinburgh Global at the University of Edinburgh. She is currently responsible for the coordination and management of three KA 203 Strategic Partnership Projects focusing on bringing additional value to the student and staff experience. Anna has worked with international students for close to a decade, in differing capacities in both UK and Canadian institutions. She values the skills learned from international mobility (whether fully physical, fully virtual or blended), and is keen to provide new and exciting opportunities that fit a wide range of student needs.
Week 5 Poster 3
- Face-to-Face and Online Networks: Diverse doctoral candidates’ experiences?
Maeve O' Regan, PhD researcher Trinity College Dublin
Maeve O' Regan PhD researcher Trinity College Dublin
Maeve is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with over 10 years of experience as a Student Learning Advisor in Trinity College Dublin. She is currently undertaking a part-time PhD in the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin Ireland (2016-to date). Her research title is ‘Networked in or networked out? Learners’ experiences of completing a PhD on a part-time basis in Ireland.’. Maeve has worked as a researcher in the Centre for Research and Innovation Management (CENTRIM) at the University of Brighton UK and as a Careers Advisor, predominantly for students with disabilities in Dublin City University. She is interested in higher education policy and student access. inclusion and success, particularly in relation to students who tend to have been overlooked in policy and practice, such as part-time doctoral candidates.
Thursday 6 May
Thursday 6 May
15.00-16.00 - Week 5 Keynote (Live and Recorded)
- The Age of Engagement, Inclusion and Identity: Rethinking Inclusion After the Pandemic
Professor Andrew Hargreaves, Director of Chenine (Change, Engagement and Innovation in Education), University of Ottawa & Research Professor, Boston College
Professor Andrew Hargreaves Director of Chenine (Change, Engagement and Innovation in Education), University of Ottawa & Research Professor, Boston College
Andy Hargreaves understands all about inclusion. He is jointly undertaking a developmental evaluation of Nova Scotia’s inclusion strategy in a Canadian province with many cultures and identities. Between 2014-18, he was an adviser to the Premier of Ontario on the province’s education reform strategy of broad excellence, wellbeing, and equity through inclusion of all students and identities. He also studied what these policies looked like in practice in a seventh of the province’s school districts. And in the Pacific Northwest of the United States, he has helped five states design a network for isolated rural schools to support each other in their efforts to increase student engagement.
Engagement, inclusion and identity are the new frontiers of educational achievement. In this presentation, Professor Hargreaves draws on his extensive experience as a researcher and change-maker all over the world, to point the best ways forward for increasing engagement, ensuring inclusion, and addressing complex identities in our schools today.
16.00 to 16.30 Reconnection Space (Live Only)
- 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
Friday 7 May
14:00-15:20 - Parallel 1: Workshop (Live Only)
- Communities of Practice - What are They and Where do I Start?
Carrie Archer, City of Dublin Education and Training Board
Carrie Archer City of Dublin Education and Training Board
Carrie is the PD coordinator for CDETB. Her interests are Professional Learning and Development, Communities of Practice, Universal Design for Learning and supporting inclusion, diversity, social justice and the visibility of LGBTQI+ learners within the FET sector. She facilitates a Professional Learning Network (coordinated by CDETB's psychological service) for Learner Support educators in PLC colleges. She is a Mentor in TEL and works closely with a network of other TEL mentors in FET colleges/centres.
14:00-15:20 - Parallel 2: Themed Presentations (Live and Recorded)
- Lunchtime Learning and Building an Online UDL Community at NUI Galway
Jane Ennis, National University of Ireland, Galway
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).
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.
Dr Daniel Savery National University of Ireland, Galway
Dr Daniel Savery is Access Programme and Further Education to Higher Education Coordinator at NUI Galway. For the last four years, he has been directly involved in increasing the number of full-time undergraduate opportunities available for Further Education and Training (FET) students at NUI Galway. Daniel also currently teaches sociology and political theory at NUI Galway, and his primary recent interests concern the nature of freedom and domination in contemporary theories of justice.
- Using Minecraft to Help Students with Autism Transition into University
Clare Squires, De Montfort University
Clare Squires De Montfort University
I have worked with students with Autism for many years in further and higher education. I am the Disability Officer (Autism) at De Montfort University. Prior to this, I was the Autistic Spectrum Coordinator at Moulton College and I had worked in primary and secondary schools as a SENCO and Deputy Headteacher. I have two children who are at University with a diagnosis of Autism.
- Promoting Inclusive Learning: Communities of Practice, Accessibility and a UDL driven Lens
Thomas O Shaughnessy, University of Limerick
Thomas O Shaughnessy University of Limerick
Assistive Technology Officer at the University of Limerick for over 13 years. PhD candidate researching assistive technology in Initial Teacher Education. Background in Computer Science and Software Engineering. Guest speaker/lecture on UDL, Accessibility and Assistive Technology on different courses, including the MA in Technical Communication and E-Learning, Graduate Diploma in Mentoring & Leadership in Education (MIC), MSc in Speech & Language Therapy and in Inclusive Education (Teacher Education). Manage the purpose-built Educational Assistive Technology Centre (EATC). Member of the UL Web Group and current chair of the Web Accessibility subgroup. Collaborator on the INCLUDE2020 UDL initiative, UDL Badge Facilitator.
15.30-16.30 Weekly Close and Reflection (Live Only)
- A facilitated dialogue on the Week 5 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.