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[Spring Workshop 2023] Campus Wide Collaboration for Accessible and Inclusive Design

Friday June 2, 2:25 – 2:45

Session Description

UBC is striving to foster a sense of belonging and promote equity and social justice for all members of the community by prioritizing inclusion and accessibility through a variety of initiatives. One of these initiatives is Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Fellows Program. This initiative is funded by the Provost and Vice-President Academic office. It is a collaboration between the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, the Centre for Accessibility, and Faculty Instructional Support units.

The UDL Fellows Program will support faculty and staff to develop expertise in UDL through a cohort-based professional development program. It will be comprised of a series of facilitated workshops, online modules, and a project-focused set of activities to help participants use UDL principles to redesign their courses to be more inclusive and accessible. Courses impacted by these projects will benefit students from all backgrounds, not just those with accessibility needs, by providing more options and flexibility through the design of resources, tools, and course delivery. The UDL Fellows program has three core elements: Professional development workshops: Course-focused UDL implementation project and Accessibility Hub resource.

There are 18 projects that will be part of the UDL Fellows program. Each project has an academic lead, a dedicated staff such a Learning Designer and an assigned UDL consultant. The launch of the program is May of 2023.The presenters will talk about the collaborative effort taken to launch this initiative, the organization of different working groups and the plan to achieve the goals of the Program.

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