The annual conference of AHEAD, ‘Through the Looking Glass’, was re-imagined as a 10-Week Conference Webinar series. On the days the conference was originally scheduled (March 26th and 27th), AHEAD hosted keynote sessions online and has since begun releasing weekly content taken from other parts of the original programme.
This week’s session will focus on the Final of the John Kelly Award for Universal Design for Learning in Further and Higher Education 2020. The John Kelly Award for Universal Design for Learning recognises the innovative practice of teaching staff in further and higher education engaging with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to deliver a more inclusive learning experience for their students. It is targeted at practitioners who have demonstrated their emergent commitment to UDL by undertaking the Universal Design in Teaching & Learning short course, and making exciting changes to their practice as a result of their participation in the short course. The short course was developed by the National Forum in partnership with AHEAD and UCD Access & Lifelong Learning.
Shortlisted applicants are granted free access to AHEAD’s annual conference on inclusive education and a platform to showcase their work and the winner receives €1,000 to go towards their continuing professional development in this area. The 2020 shortlisted applicants this year are:
- Catherine Deegan (Technological University Dublin)
- Laura Hegarty (Galway Mayo Institute of Technology)
- Jennifer Lynch (Marino College of Further Education)
More information on the re-imagined online AHEAD conference, including conference slides and access to the John Kelly Award session, is available here.
More information on the UDL short course and other available National Forum professional development short courses can be accessed here.