EXTERNAL: UDL Masterclass - Beyond Curiosity

Developing a sustainable roadmap for UDL implementation within your organisation

‘Beyond Curiosity: Developing a sustainable roadmap for UDL implementation within your organisation’ is a one-time only event facilitated by international inclusive education expert Fredric Fovet.

There has been considerable interest in UDL across higher education in North America over the last decade and numerous initiatives around its implementation in teaching and learning have begun.  Momentum is growing and this energy is now palpable in the Australian post-secondary sector as well. While both implementation in the field and scholarship on pedagogical benefits of UDL have grown significantly in the last few years, the focus of the literature remains on convincing accessibility service providers, faculty, and senior administrators of the beneficial impact of UDL on inclusive classroom practices.  There has been little attention paid, however, to the organizational challenges of planning, leading, monitoring, and completing a successful process of UDL adoption across complex and multi-layered higher education institutions.

This master class on the process of UDL implementation across post-secondary campuses will consider the next frontier: creating sustainable strategic practices that guarantee successful and durable adoption within the varied ecological landscapes that these organizations represent.  The masterclass will support participants in (i) considering possible organizational hurdles to this process of implementation, (ii) brainstorming on possible sustainable practices that can support this campus-wide adoption process, (iii) developing a discourse and a framework that can be shared with colleagues and administration, and can be integrated in mission statements and vision exercises.

For further information visit:  https://www.adcet.edu.au/resource/11184/udl-masterclass or contact Jacquie Tinkler

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  • Portrait of Dr Frederic Fovet

    Dr Frederic Fovet

    Frederic is an Inclusion and Universal Design for Learning scholar and advocate. He is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at Thompson Rovers University. He has previously held faculty positions, in turn, the Faculty of Education at the University of Prince Edward Island and in the School of Education and Technology at Royal Roads University. He also held the position of Director of the Office for Students with Disabilities at McGill for four years over the duration of his PhD. He acts as a consultant, domestically and internationally, both in the K-12 and post-secondary sectors, in relation to the integration of UDL and to management of change in the context of inclusive pedagogy. Initially, Frederic’s research and practice focused on the inclusion of students with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD), and have later broadened to encompass all aspects of learner diversity and inclusion. His work as head of accessibility at McGill University has enabled him to integrate Disability Studies into his perspective on inclusion and this scholarship now richly informs his work. He is also deeply committed to the implementation of critical pedagogy which represents an important lens on his practice. Frederic has a background in Law and has qualified as a solicitor in the UK; legal perspectives on inclusion and legal frameworks around social justice therefore also represent a sizeable part of his scholarship. While head of accessibility at McGill University, Frederic led a wide cross-campus drive for the implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). This continues to be a central part of his scholarship and advocacy work. He was the instigator and program chair of the first three Pan-Canadian Conferences on UDL, which took place in Montreal, Charlottetown and Victoria in 2015, 2017 and 2019 respectively. He sits on the editorial board of Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, the International Journal of Disability and Social Justice (IJDSJ) and on the advisory board of the European Journal of Inclusive Education (EJIE). He was awarded by the Ireland Canada University Foundation a 2021 D’Arcy McGee Beacon Fellowship, hosted by Trinity College Dublin.

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