Access, Equity, and Diversity: Faculty Supported Practices for Engaging Learners during COVID

Free Webinar Series:
Access, Equity, and Diversity: Faculty Supported Practices for Engaging Learners during COVID

 

All sessions (it is not necessary to register and attend all three sessions):

  • Conducted via ZOOM
  • Time: 1:30pm – 3pm
  • 1 CEITL participation Point for each event

 

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“Barriers to learning exist in designs AND those barriers have never been so acute and so clearly induced by changes to the learning environment as they are by this pandemic.” - Tom Higginbotham, Education Faculty

 

In this series of three webinars, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) will be used as a framework for designing experiences to support students with diverse learning needs across a variety of teaching modalities.

As faculty look to more deliberately consider the variability among learners and intentionally align learner variability with course outcomes, participants will use this experience to

  1. analyze syllabi content including instructional goals, strategic methods, materials, and assessments
  2. consider how embedding UDL principles will support students’ learning, access, and engagement with their curricula.

The variety of modalities induced by the COVID pandemic, including technology tools that support access and learning will be a focus of the webinar series. Providing learners with choices for both accessing information and demonstrating what they know will promote adherence to course goals and increase motivation.

UDL aims to change the design of the environment rather than to change the learner. When environments are intentionally designed to reduce barriers, all learners can engage in and access rigorous, meaningful learning (CAST, 2018).

The UDL webinar series will be facilitated by UNH faculty and members of CAST.

Capacity for each live webinar is limited to 50 registrants on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The Zoom link will be emailed to you upon registration. If you are unable to attend the live session, recorded webinars will be available for your convenience for a period of two weeks after the date of the session.     

The three session free Webinar series is made possible by UNH-4U, a project of the UNH-Institute on Disability in collaboration with other departments on campus, and with generous financial support from NH Vocational Rehabilitation, The New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

 

Session I: Syllabi Design for ALL Learners

Date: January 4, 2021

Time: 1:30-3:00

Place: ZOOM – you will receive an invitation on the day prior to the session 

CEITL Participation: 1 point

Universal Design for Learning aims to change the design of the environment rather than to change the learner. When environments are intentionally designed to reduce barriers, all learners can engage in and access rigorous, meaningful learning. This session introduces the core concepts of Universal Design: Learner variability is the norm. Learner variability is predictable and contextual. Barriers to learning exist in designs, not learners. (As a result of this pandemic, those design barriers have never been so acute.) This session contextualizes UDL by explaining its roots in architecture as well as learning science research. 

               

Session II: Accessible Learning - Face to Face and Remote

Date: January 6, 2021

Time: 1:30-3:00

Place: ZOOM – you will receive an invitation on the day prior to the session 

CEITL Participation: 1 point

Whether planning a student social or a science lab, participants will learn how to use the UDL Guidelines in their planning process. The concept of “expert learning” (i.e. being expert at the art of learning itself) will be introduced. Participants will be supported to use the UDL Guidelines to design learning experiences that build both access and learner agency for all students. Both specific designs (e.g. lessons, events) and learning environments (e.g. clubs, classes) will be considered.  faculty will consider ways that the UDL core concepts can be applied to course design. How can faculty proactively design flexible options into learning so that all students have access and build agency as learners? This session does not introduce a wholly new design process but rather introduces a lens for iterating on design.

 

Session III: Creating Equitable Assessments

Date: January 8, 2021

Time: 1:30-3:00

Place: ZOOM – you will receive an invitation on the day prior to the session 

CEITL Participation: 1 point                       

One of the tenets of UDL is “clear goals with flexible means”. This session examines the design of assessments that provide all students with multiple options for demonstrating their understanding and communicating their thinking. Both flexible formative and summative assessment designs will be considered. In addition, the role of self-assessment in expert learning will be discussed. Giving students choice how they demonstrate their learning is key.

 

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