103. Studio23 Day 1 - Building an Inclusive Community (Nov 1, 2023)
Presenters: Afsaneh Sharif and AC Deger
Building an Inclusive Community: Embracing Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility
This workshop will explore the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the importance of accessibility in education. You will learn how to apply UDL principles to instructional design and content and explore tools and techniques to make education more accessible to learners with a wide variety of strengths, needs, and abilities. Together, you will work toward building an empowering and supportive environment for teaching and learning that embraces the uniqueness of each individual.
This session was live streamed.
Afsaneh Sharif is a faculty liaison and senior project manager with over 20 years of instructional design experience at the University of British Columbia. She is interested in putting research findings into practice and works closely with faculty members to ensure course and program design and development meet best practices. Afsaneh is a member of the B.C. Digital Learning Advisory Committee at Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills. Her expertise in online learning and instructional design is recognized nationally. She serves on a few international editorial boards, including Advances in Online Education, and she’s a visiting professor at Rovira i Virgili University in Spain.
A. C. Deger is part of the University of British Columbia’s Centre for Accessibility’s Alternate Format team, facilitating conversations between instructors, advisors, and students to ensure students can confidently self-advocate and that instructors have the resources and training they need to ensure their students succeed. A.C. partners with the school’s Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology as part of the Open Educational Resources Grant Program, which aims to improve accessibility and affordability for students by supporting instructors as they develop course materials that are accessible and open for all users.
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