Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Universal Design for Learners

Event Date & Time

  • May 3, 2017
    9:30 am - 11:15 am

Event Description

Students enter the classroom with a variety of motivations, interests, expectations, and experiences – but, as instructors, how might we welcome all perspectives while ensuring that activities and assessment fit the needs of the learner and align with learning objectives? In this interactive workshop we introduce the Universal Design for Learners, a research-based framework, to reflect on the process of how we can create and sustain inclusivity in the classroom and leverage diversity to enhance student learning. By the end of this session, participants will be able to: a) define universal design for learning; b) identify the challenges involved in creating universal design for learning, c) incorporate at least 2 strategies for maintaining and creating inclusive teaching strategies, and d) redesign an existing lesson to incorporate a different/new participatory learning technique.This event is part of the Grad Mini Conference. See below for a full outline of events.

Facilitated by:Deborah Chen and Mabel Ho

Grad Mini Conference Schedule

Day 1: 9:15-4:45

9:15-9:45 OPENING: Dr. Joseph Topornycky, Manager of Graduate Student Programs, CTLT, UBC
9:45-10:45 60 min Participatory session: Breaking the Ice: Exploring Icebreakers and their value
(Arnab Ray & Katharina Rothe)
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00 60 min Participatory session: The Fundamentals of Developing Effective Learning Outcomes
(Gurprit Randhawa)
12:00-12:45 Lunch Break
12:45–2:30 Icebreaker/ energizer (Jens Vent-Schmidt)
90 min participatory session: Designing Classrooms that Promote Learner’s Awareness
(Mabel Ho, Arnab Ray & Jens Vent-Schmidt)
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-3:45 60 min participatory session: Guidelines for Developing an Impressive Teaching Dossier/Portfolio
(Gurprit Randhawa)
3:45-4:00 Break Poster session:

  1. Connecting the Dots: A Practical Approach to Transforming Lesson Design (Mabel Ho & Jens Vent-Schmidt)
  2. Sociology TA Training (Silvia Bartolic)
  3. BioTAP: Biology Teaching Assistant Professional Development Program – Building a teaching community (Kathy Nomme)
  4. TA Professional Development in UBC Physics and Astronomy (Deborah Good, Jeff Bale & Dominik Neuenfeld)

 

4:00-4:20

 

Round tables:

  1. Fostering community of practice to support undergraduate learning (Stephanie Cheung, Laura Super, Analise Hofmann & Lachlan Caunt)
  2. How important is historical context within introductory classes? (Analise Hofmann, Laura Super & Stephanie Cheung)
  3. Facilitating content connections to undergraduate students’ daily lives (Laura Super, Stephanie Cheung, Sina Fazelpour & Amir Maleki)
  4. Understanding Learners & Learning (Shawn Hetherington)
  5. How should learners be changed by my discipline? (Joseph Topornycky)
4:20-4:25
(Break and Rotate)
4:25-4:45


Day 2:
9:30-4:30

9:30-11:15 Icebreaker/ energizer (Mabel Ho)
90 min participatory session: Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Universal Design for Learners
(Deborah Chen & Mabel Ho)
11:15-11:30 Break
11:30-12:30 60 min participatory sessions: Integrating Reflection into your Teaching Practice
(Jason McAlister)
12:30-1:15 Lunch break
1:15-1:45 30 min Presentation: Students as Public Scholars In Training
(Madeleine Ransom)
1:45-4:00 Panel:
Dr Glenn Deer, English Department, UBC
Dr Silvia Bartolic, Sociology Department, UBC
E. Jean Buckler, PhD Candidate, School of Kinesiology, UBC
Christine Sumner, PhD Candidate, Animal Welfare, UBC
4:00-4:30 CLOSING