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Wednesday, May 13 • 11:35am - 12:05pm
Bringing Everyone into Our Circle: UDL + Indigenous Methods = Community

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In September 2019, we embarked on a 1-year, specially-funded, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) project at Camosun College. Our project team was comprised of two faculty from the college’s Learning Services department and two students. The primary goal of this project was to help increase the application of UDL practices & accessibility standards across the college community – with a particular focus on all Student Services (e.g. Registration, Admissions, Libraries, Financial Aid, Co-op Services, etc.).

Under the medical-model of accommodation that is practiced by most post-secondary education institutions, academic accommodations are only available to students with a registered disability and the accommodations they receive only apply to the teaching & learning environment; accommodations do not apply when students with a disability are trying to access student services. Furthermore, no accommodations are available to students who don’t qualify for the medical-model of accommodations (e.g. International students, etc.).

Our project goals were essentially two-fold:
1. Through stories shared with us by our student community, help members of our community to “know what they don’t know” about accessibility challenges and barriers for students at the college, and
2. Develop a set of CC-BY licensed and UDL-based learning tools, including a “rubric”-type tool with integrated references to the students’ stories, that any area of the college could refer to when seeking practical and “universal” solutions to the accessibility challenges our students encounter.

Our project team employed the Indigenous research method of circle-based discussions with participating students from across the college. We also provided an online survey-type format for students to contribute their stories if they preferred that to meeting in a circle.

Our intention was that by the end of the academic year, we would have the first-edition of our tools ready to pilot with a couple of units in the Learning Services area of the college.

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Sue Doner

Faculty, Instructional Designer, Camosun College
Instructional Designer: especially interested in Universal Design for Learning; Accessibility in online learning

Wednesday May 13, 2020 11:35am - 12:05pm PDT
Ballroom 2

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