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Monday, May 11 • 2:05pm - 2:35pm
Lightning Session

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1. National Scan of UDL in Canadian Higher Education
Ruth Fraser, Seanna Takacs
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an exciting disrupter relatively new to the scene of Canadian higher education. It is challenging how we think about and plan for the increasing diversity of learners in our classrooms and on our campuses.
As UDL initiatives gain ground and momentum across the country, it’s important to share and support initiatives and efforts. For this reason, we have initiated a national scan of UDL in Canadian Higher Ed. We are interested in finding out what “counts” as UDL at different institutions, whether it is related to accessibility services or teaching and learning excellence, whether it is considered familiar and useful, and what kinds of attitudinal shifts are perceived to accompany organizational change around UDL.
The national scan will include three stages: Supporting Systems, Cultural Contexts, and Effective Efforts. The first stage is currently underway – in the form of a survey collecting information about UDL policy, positions, and professional development from volunteer institutions with UDL initiatives.
At this session, we will share the results from stage one so far, solicit participation from additional institutions. We hope that even at the early stage of this national scan, it can play a role in connecting and supporting the emerging community of learners and leaders involved in the disruptive work of UDL!

2. Building Institutional Support for Open Educational Practices
Rajiv Jhangiani
Kwantlen Polytechnic University leads Canada in its embrace of open educational practices. This includes supporting the creation, adaptation, and adoption of open textbooks and other open educational resources through grants and publishing support, training and support for a wide range of open pedagogies and open ed tech tools, and training and support for open education research. KPU currently offers seven zero textbook cost (ZTC) credentials, including the Bachelor of Arts degree in general studies and actively collaborates with institutions across the world, including Montgomery College for an Open Pedagogy Fellowship that focuses on the UN Sustainable Development Goals and with Keene State College for a virtual Open Pedagogy Learning Community.
Open education is woven through each of KPU’s strategic planning documents and is embedded within many of our policies (e.g., intellectual property), procedures (e.g., course development), and practices (e.g., textbook ordering). This brief presentation will draw on our experience and lessons learned to synthesize the 10 most effective strategies that have enabled us to build, grow, and scale institutional support for open educational practices.

3. Carnivals & Camping, Dr. Seuss & Disco Sweats: Professional Development You Can Chew 
Todd Conaway
As part of our faculty learning operation, we have taken thematic digital spaces and bite sized chucking to a whole new level! We discovered that two weeks was too much and one hour is never enough. We created week long courses that focus on short activities to be completed each day. In a loose nod to the infamous #ds106 Daily Create, and framed an exploration of digital assets and uses that combine the supple athletic grace of Richard Simmons and the sublime pedagogies of Dr. Seuss! We have also taken the metaphor of maps and rear-view mirrors to an unwholesome extreme and let loose a neurotic carnival barker in the bear cage.
You don’t need a ticket to get in! Everyone is welcome and everyone can play. Step right up and remix a few mouthfuls of these five-day adventures to fit your carnival goers deep fried appetites.
We have five operational and shareable five-day courses that will be displayed in all their circus like glory. Step right up! Take a bite!
That’s the “trailer.”
The less flowery version is below.
Over the last two years we have created and delivered five “five-day” workouts around digital learning spaces. Each has been themed from bottom to top with stories around carnivals, gym workouts, backpacking, and Dr. Seuss. This lightning session will describe the qualities they had that made them accessible to faculty both in terms of depth, playfulness, and community building. Within this story is a bridge to faculty how they offer the courses they teach both from an aesthetic standpoint and from storytelling within the digital landscape.
 

Speakers
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Todd Conaway

Instructional Designer, University of Washington Bothell
Todd Conaway is an Instructional Designer at UW Bothell after ten years of working with faculty as an instructional designer at Yavapai Community College in Arizona. Prior to that, he taught high school English for ten years at a small private school where he was able to combine his... Read More →
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Rajiv Jhangiani

Associate Vice Provost, Open Education, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
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Ruth Fraser

Associate Director Student Affairs and Services, Douglas College
Ruth Fraser is a Student Services administrator, currently working at Douglas College in Vancouver, BC. The focus of her work is to advance accessibility in higher education by changing how we think about and serve students with disabilities. She has 15 years experience in higher... Read More →
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Seanna Takacs

Learning Specialist/Educational Consultant - UDL, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
I am an accessibility specialist, working on bringing the UDL framework to KPU. My background is in literacy, language acquisition, and learning disabilities. People should talk to me about inclusion and diversity, UDL, skepticism about disability categories, mental health, learning... Read More →


Monday May 11, 2020 2:05pm - 2:35pm
Ballroom 1

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