We are delighted to announce that AHEAD and UCD Access & Lifelong Learning are teaming up in partnership with the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education to facilitate the Digital Badge for Universal Design in Teaching and Learning in a fully online format this Autumn/Winter. This course was developed by AHEAD and UCD as part of the Forum’s open courses initiative. The course will run for 10 weeks from Oct 3rd 2019 and will provide participants with a strong introduction to the Universal Design for Learning Framework and give them the opportunity to implement UDL approaches within the teaching activities they are currently undertaking. The course involves approximately 25 hours over the 10 week period, averaging 2.5 hours per week with a 5 hour add on later in the course for those interested in becoming future facilitators of the course themselves.
This free iteration of the course is particularly aimed at individuals or groups of individuals who are interested in rolling out the badge themselves as a facilitator at a later date (e.g. for staff in their institution). For more information on the digital badge more generally and how facilitators can roll it out themselves, visit the webpage. Please note, since one of the aims of this iteration of the course is to train future facilitators, we are limiting the number of participants per institution that can sign up to 3 should the course be over subscribed. If we reach full capacity, we will contact the latest participants to register from each institution to notify them of the situation.
There is no cost involved for participants.
ABOUT THIS BADGE
Implementation of Universal Design principles in teaching & learning promotes inclusivity and equity while also ‘future-proofing’ your teaching. As our classrooms and lecture theatres become increasingly diverse, our practices must also adapt to reflect the changing landscape of higher education. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework based on research in the learning sciences, including cognitive neuroscience, which guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences and cater for the wide range of diversity in our lecture rooms. This CPD course will give you an introduction to the concept of Universal Design for Learning and invite you to review and update your own teaching and learning practice.
PARTICIPANTS ON THE COURSE WILL:
- Reflect on the diversity of students in their Institutions
- Gain a good understanding of the Universal Design for Learning framework and how it can support diverse learners
- Redesign some elements of their teaching and learning practice based on their knowledge of UDL principles
- Consider how they will change their practice more broadly in line with a UDL approach