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Tuesday, May 12 • 2:05pm - 2:35pm
Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment

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In the summer of 2019 Lethbridge College’s Buchanan Library underwent a dramatic transformation with a focus on creating a more inclusive learning environment for students, faculty, and staff. The main goals of the redesign were:
a) To create an environment that meets the diverse needs of the institution’s learners
b) The bringing together of the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation’s (CTLI) services in a central location
c) A more inclusive environment with considerations to indigenization and accessibility needs
d) The introduction of emerging technology (3D printing, virtual reality, etc.) to the space as learning tools for students

Throughout the planning process the project leads worked to consult stakeholders on their desires and needs in a common learning space. This was done through surveying students, demonstrations, prototypes, and feedback from the wider college community through engagement sessions. The team also visited institutions across the country for inspiration and lessons learned.

We will speak specifically to the consultation process with our indigenous elders who assisted in design considerations and bestowed a Blackfoot name onto the space as part of the campus wide indigenization plan.

The efforts to increase access to technology will be highlighted, including digital signage, the virtual reality study lab, and the movable makerspace cart for student creations.

Attention will be given to highlighting the challenges in disrupting a higher education service steeped in tradition. This includes addressing change anxiety amongst staff, faculty, and students.

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Kyle Snowdon

Senior Manager - Library and Digital Learning, Lethbridge College
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Jackie Doherty

Manager of Learning Experience Design, Lethbridge College
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Erin Howard

Associate Dean, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Innovation, Lethbridge College
I am part of the leadership team in the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation. I am passionate about learning experience design, curriculum, educational development, competency-based education, human-centered design, and student core competency development.

Tuesday May 12, 2020 2:05pm - 2:35pm PDT
Ballroom 2