Responding to Diversity: An Introduction to Universal Design for Learning
Are you interested in reducing barriers to learning and responding to the increasing variability amongst students in today’s classroom? This workshop will explore the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) model—a set of principles for curriculum development, engagement and assessment that can help you create an more inclusive learning environment that responds to diverse student needs and learning preferences.
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Are you trying to identify practical strategies to offer more inclusive, accessible, and flexible learning opportunities to your students? Entering today’s classroom, clinical settings, or work environments, students bring a range of diversity in lived experience, learning preferences, language abilities, and more. Universal Design of Learning (UDL) responds to this diversity by reducing barriers to learning, by promoting teaching strategies that help faculty and mentors meet the needs of all learners, and by creating challenging and engaged learning opportunities. In a nutshell, utilizing UDL principles can help you reach all students, including those experiencing barriers and challenges. It gives all students equal opportunity to succeed and thrive.
In this workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of UDL for Higher Education and explore a set of effective practices that you can adapt to your instructional approach. Workshop participants will enjoy an interactive, facilitated discussion of UDL principles and checkpoints, as well as opportunities for the implementation of specific UDL practices in their teaching and other work, in order to design more supportive, inclusive, and accessible learning environments for all. Join us to explore and deepen your knowledge of UDL and develop a strong understanding of how it can be applied across various learning environments and modalities (in-person and online). Collectively, we will generate ideas and strategies for increasing engagement and incorporating flexibility by focusing on the learning environment, developing essential self-regulation and executive function skills, and integrating rigour, choice, and relevance into learning.
5DecThis workshop provides participants with the opportunity to reflect on both providing feedback from the teacher’s perspective and receiving feedback from the learner’s perspective. We will compare and contrast different “conversational choices” available to educators as part of their learning conversations.
12DecChange in the complex environment of academic health sciences has always required meaningful engagement of multiple perspectives. In this session, Cate Creede-Desmarais will share insights from more than two decades of leading strategic change initiatives in health and higher education, and will provide an overview of a simple approach to change that integrates the evolution of change theory over the past century.
12JanUtilizing short didactic presentations, group discussions, small group activities as well as case scenarios, this highly interactive workshop will provide an overview of the role, scope, strategies and resources faculty/preceptors/supervisors should consider in order to support learners who witness or experience mistreatment.