The UDLL project aim to include students with disabilities in Higher Education through implementing general principles of Universal Design (UD) and practical solutions from the pedagogical concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDLL will address challenges highlighted both by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with disabilities (CRPD) and in the “social dimension” of the Bologna process.
UDLL consults students and important stakeholders of Higher Education – academic staff, policy makers in Higher Education and student support services – to develop a European pathway for the 3 participating countries, Norway, Ireland and Belgium, on UDL and its potential to create a high quality education experience for a diverse group of learners. This project will firmly place UDL as a quality ‘tool’ for the higher education system, and give the stakeholders increased awareness, knowledge and better cooperation which will affect the quality of students learning in higher education.
This project will uniquely use the voice of the learners to set the stage prior to consulting with the three key stakeholders through focus groups. The objective of the establishing and engaging with focus groups is to have a real conversation with the people involved and take the opportunity to review and learn from their practices.
The outcome of UDLL is a best practice guideline for implementing UDL in Higher education, and a toolkit for the students to address challenges they meet in their learning environment. The two outcomes represent a “Licence to Learn”, for students and stakeholders to enhance an inclusive learning environment to the benefit of all students. Students, with or without a disability, should have the possibility to enter and fulfill higher education, based on their skills and efforts. UDLL is an inclusive answer to these issue.
The UDLL outcomes will be disseminated through a conference about Universal Design and Universal Design of Learning in Higher Education, and through the UDLL partners national and international networks. All materials will be accessible on-line.
The UDLL project will aim for change in awareness, increased knowledge and better practice in the development of an inclusive learning environment in Higher Education.
Phases of the project (1.9.2014-31.8.2016).
- Literature studies – preliminary project work
- Initial meeting
- Workshop with students
- Workshops with academic staff
- Workshop with management
- Workshop with Student support system
- Toolkit (workshop + development).
- Dissemination conference