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Since 2015, UDL@Dawson Community of Practice has welcomed and offered support to faculty and professionals of the Dawson community who wish to be more inclusive in their pedagogy. Every Winter semester, a new UDL@Dawson group is formed. Members meet on a regular basis throughout the term to further their understanding of the UDL model and to reflect on inclusive pedagogy.

The UDL (Universal Design for Learning) model goes well beyond the application of sound pedagogical practices; it is a new way …

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Since 2015, UDL@Dawson Community of Practice has welcomed and offered support to faculty and professionals of the Dawson community who wish to be more inclusive in their pedagogy. Every Winter semester, a new UDL@Dawson group is formed. Members meet on a regular basis throughout the term to further their understanding of the UDL model and to reflect on inclusive pedagogy.

The UDL (Universal Design for Learning) model goes well beyond the application of sound pedagogical practices; it is a new way of thinking about inclusion as a whole and applying it systematically to teaching. Certainly, the development of a new mindset requires effort, discussion, thinking with a long-term perspective, and questioning one’s own values and beliefs, but it allows for building a solid, lasting, inclusive educational approach. From our experience in applying UDL and assisting other teachers to adopt this approach, UDL provides considerable satisfaction and recognition of effort to both learners and teachers.

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Resources

UDL to Change the World (1:03)

Hear from UDL practitioners from across the world about how they use the Universal Design to empower all learners.

Universal Design for Learning Principles in Action (2:41)

Listen to Dr. Elizabeth Berquist – Innovation in Teaching Award Winner discuss UDL Principles in Action: Examples in Practice

Helpful References/Médiagraphie

Here is a list of references and resources curated by UDL Dawson

UDL model in Higher Education

Site provides: Information on course design and accessibility practices with videos, resources and materials

About Us

UDL@Dawson is more than a concept! It’s also a research team and a lively learning community.

Faculty Pedagogical Portfolios

Ahmad Banki Portfolio (Economics)

In the light of my training in the UDL community of practice, I developed a number of practical observations and methods to enhance my course designs pedagogically.

Chantale Giguère Portfolio (e-learning)

Developing the most inclusive distance French course possible from the start seemed important to me, despite the scale of the challenge.

Portfolio de Laetitia Desanti (Français)

Loin d’être séparées, ces expériences sont inextricablement liées et elles expliquent mon souhait de recourir à la CUA/UDL.

Maria Dikeakos’s Portfolio (Physics) 

As a teacher in the sciences, I am always trying to reach all of the students in the class. A variety of learning styles accordingly means a variety of teaching styles.

More Pedagogical Faculty Portfolios

Check out our cohort portfolios on Economics, E-Learning, English, Français, History, Humanities, Physical ed, Philosophy, Physics, Physiotherapy, Sociology – Click here.

For our gathering picture (left)

From top left to bottom left :

Effie Konstantinopoulos (SAAC/UDL coordinator), Jessica Lim (Philosophy/Humanities)
Cathy Roy (Physiotherapy Technology), Chantale Giguère (French/E-Learning coordinator)
Jeff Gandell (English), Laura Niculae (French ContEd), Maria Dikeakos (Physics)
Laetitia Desanti (French), Laure Galipeau (French/UDL coordinator)
Catherine Soleil (French/UDL coordinator)