Best Practice Guidelines

Finally, our Best Practice Guidelines are published on our website and ready for you to use as a tool in implementing UDL as a strategy for inclusion at your Higher education institution!

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The guidelines are based on four focus group meetings with students, academic staff, management and student support officers, literature studies and lots of talks with stakeholders regarding their experiences.

We address a wide range of readers, with different experiences, roles, attitudes and ideas about how to address students diversity.We hope these guidelines will help you to start reflect about your role in this process, and our purpose is twofold:

Firstly, we want to embrace Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning as the best concepts for a flexible, creative and inclusive learning environment for the benefit of all learners, including you.

Secondly, we want to give you theory, perspectives and practical tools to challenge and change your everyday working methods.

Using our seven guidelines, you will learn about important aspects of introducing UDL as a key concept for creating inclusive learning. The guidelines address all the important stakeholders within a higher education institution, who in our opinion have a role to play in understanding and implementation of the concept.

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Dissemination conference

Universal Design for Learning – License to Learn (UDLL) is a 2-year Erasmus+ project. During the project we collected contributions from four important stakeholders: the students, the academic staff, the higher education policy makers and the student support services.

The dissemination conference was arranged in Ghent, Belgium the 28.-29. of June 2016. The venue was Artevelde University College Ghent.

Day 1 of the conference we disseminated the project results. Participants got a draft of the Best Practice Guidelines and a demonstration of the Student Toolkit.

Day 2 we applied the results to the bigger context with examples from European practice.

For more information about the conference, please visit the Official Conference Website.

Please feel free to also visit the Facebook event page and check out #UDLL2016 on Twitter.

During a session on the Student support services, we asked the participants “what challenges and success criteria do you see in developing a universally designed learning environment?” You can see some of the answers we collected on Padlet.

Funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

Management workshop

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In January the 19th – 20th., we arranged the third workshop. This time we invited management and leadership to share their perspectives, in Oslo, Norway. The participants was a diverse group:

  1. Some worked nationally in developing or influencing Universal Design
  2. Some worked nationally in influencing, developing or implementing Higher Education Policy
  3. Some worked in the management of a Higher Education Policy

In the third focus group meeting, our objective was to gain insight and understanding of the policy makers/managements knowledge and thinking when it comes to form policy, declare visions and to develop and implement strategies for universal design and inclusive learning in  Higher Education. An important project objective is also to investigate obstacles to the ideas, but most important, to find and share common grounds of these question between the partner countries in these matter.

Timeline

Dissemination: December 3rd 2015

Handling in deadline: December 11th 2015

Decision: December 16th 2015

Workshop: 19th.-20th of January 2016

Funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union

Academic staff workshop

To develop the Best Practice Guidelines, we are running a series of workshop with four different stakeholders (students, academic staff, management, and support services).

The second workshop, consisting of academic staff took place 24th – 25th of June 2015 in Ghent, Belgium. Nine academic staff participated, – three from each partner country.

During the workshop, we explored experiences and knowledge regarding:

  • Stories that have inspired teaching and learning practices to accommodate individual learning differences among students
  • Intentions and benefits for working with Universal design for Learning
  • Challenges and obstacles they see along the way and how they can overcome/cope with them
  • Best teaching moment so far and why
  • Assessments that worked out really well
  • Reasons to start with/sustain teaching and learning practices that can accommodate individual learning differences among students.

Information regarding academic workshop (docx)

Timeline

Dissemination: 5th of March 2015

Handing in deadline: 1th of April 2015

Decision: 14th of April 2015

Workshop: 24th – 25th of June 2015

Funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union