The Disability Innovation Institute at UNSW Sydney (DIIU) and the UNSW Scientia Education Academy co-hosted an Inclusive Education Showcase on the 24th September 2019 as part of UNSW’s inaugural Diversity Fest.
Inclusive Education comprises practices that make teaching and learning more accessible to all students. It is framed by the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to increase the accessibility of tertiary education to a wider population of students. Ten UDL practitioners including Scientia Education Fellows presented their work at the showcase, followed by a Q&A. The showcase provided a unique opportunity for the UNSW teaching community to learn about different inclusive technologies and practices and how to incorporate them into their teaching and learning to make them more accessible.
- Terry Cumming is an Associate Professor in the School of Education, Fellow of the Scientia Education Academy. Terry will focus on using an online audience participation platform, during large lectures to provide multiple means of representation, expression, and engagement.
- Dr Silas Taylor is the Convenor of Clinical Skills in the UNSW Medicine program, a Senior Lecturer in Medical Education, and a Fellow of the Scientia Education Academy. Silas will discuss the Online Simulated Patient Interaction and Assessment (OSPIA) platform. This innovative educational technology frees participants from the constraints of time and attendance at a specific location, and allows more access to both students and volunteer participants. At the same time, the platform provides multimodal feedback on students’ communication skills, as they work with a diverse group of simulated patients.
- Lauren Kark is a Senior Lecturer in the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering and a Fellow of the Scientia Education Academy. Lauren will talk about her experiences using co-creation in a biomedical engineering design course to develop student empathy and create technology that satisfies unmet needs in the community.
- Karin Watson is a Senior Lecturer at UNSW Art & Design and a Fellow of the Scientia Education Academy. Karin will demonstrate how she incorporates small, simple changes to her curriculum and teaching to include the Universal Design for Learning principles of engagement, representation, action and expression.
- Sue O’Neill is a Senior Lecturer in the UNSW School of Education. Sue will focus on how she UDLised her online, postgraduate course on inclusion, to provide multiple means of representation, expression, and engagement. Sue will discuss how she used co-production by engaging her students in assisting her in the task of multiple means of representation for embedded multi-media clips.
- Chris Tisdell is a Fellow of the Scientia Education Academy. The challenges of scale, flexibility and personalization in education keep him awake at night. He will share his recent research on how closed captioning and translations can be used to improve learning for all students via online video.
- Iva Strnadová is a Professor of Special Education and Disability Studies in the UNSW School of Education. Julie Loblinzk is a Self Advocacy Coordinator at Self Advocacy Sydney. She has an intellectual disability and is the mother of 3 adult children. Iva and Julie will reflect on their experiences of co-producing classes and professional learning events about people with intellectual disabilities for students in the Masters in Special Education program and practicing teachers.
- Nicole Saintilan is an educational developer in the PVCE specialising in accessibility issues in online learning. Nicole will show you how to conduct a web accessibility audit of your Moodle course site.
- Rebecca LeBard is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences. Rebecca will speak on how she was motivated to develop notes suitable for vision impaired students for all lectures in a first year biology course that, and the unintended benefits of this work.
The event was well received and highly appreciated by the 60 face to face attendees, as well as some colleagues from UNSW Canberra, who attended via livestream. For more information and to download the slides, visit DIIU's website here.
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