Mobile Technology as Part of Universal Design for Learning Implementation

When:8 Jul 2019, 9am - 4pm
Venue:UNSW Australia - Room 119, Level 1 John Goodsell Building
Who:A/Prof Terry Cumming and Dr Jamie Linn Gunderson

Mobile Technology as Part of Universal Design for Learning Implementation

Presenters: A/Prof Terry Cumming and Dr Jamie Linn Gunderson

Date: 08 July 2019

Time: 9am-4pm

The struggle for educators to differentiate instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners is universal. As there is no “typical” learner, educators are tasked with designing flexible lessons and assessments that can be easily accessed by all students. To do so, many educators employ technology as a way to facilitate Universal Design for Learning (UDL), compensate for literacy deficits or access barriers, and increase student engagement. UDL is a framework for curricular planning that pairs the neuroscience of learning with access options to increase the ways in which learners receive information, express what they know, and engage with content. More and more, popular technologies (i.e., smartphones, tablets) are including features that align to principles of UDL and can be effectively utilised in both social and classroom environments. This workshop will use a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on activities to provide educators with technological tools and implementation tips aligned to the principles of UDL. Participants will gain a foundational understanding of UDL, have the opportunity to engage with universally-designed technology features, and explore ideas for implementing technology within their curricular planning as a means to increase accessibility and support inclusivity.

About the Presenters

Associate Professor Terry Cumming is an Associate Professor of Special Education in the School of Education and Academic Lead Education at the UNSW Disability Innovation Institute. Therese is a Scientia Education Academy Fellow and has had extensive leadership experiences in learning and teaching. Her teaching and research focus on promoting the use of evidence-based practices to support the learning and behaviour of students with disabilities and the use of technology to create inclusive, accessible, and engaging learning environments. Terry’s passion for teaching has been recognised with two Faculty of Arts and Social Science Dean’s Awards for Teaching Excellence, an UNSW Australia Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and the Australian College of Educators Ralph Rawlinson Award for Education of Students with Disadvantage. Her publications include 3 co-authored books and a co-edited book, as well as many book chapters, journal articles and national and international conference papers. Prior to her university and research work, Terry has many years’ experience as a special educator and behaviour mentor in the United States

Jamie Linn Gunderson is an Assistant Professor of Special Education in the School of Education at California State University Chico. Jamie’s teaching and research focus on the use of instructional and assistive technologies to increase access, engagement and achievement of students with learning and intellectual disabilities. Her educational experiences included working with special learners as a paraprofessional, teacher, administrator and researcher.

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