TLX offers Universal Design certificate
Please note: Fall and winter 2023-2024 registration is now open. Please contact your Academic Chairs to register.
Participants in this course embark on a learning journey that focuses on the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework and expands its current application to address the impacts and intersectionality of oppressions that our learners may experience as barriers to reaching their full learning potential. These barriers may include anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, ableism, etc. In this course, participants explore the UDL framework and examine its intersections with complementary initiatives such as antiracism, decolonization, the social model of disability, and others. The UDL framework offers opportunities to co-design inclusive learning environments, honour students’ lived experiences and unique strengths and challenges, and work towards creating welcoming learning environments where all students belong and thrive.
Upon completion of this certificate course, participants will be able to:
- Examine the ways that the UDL, anti-oppressive practice (AOP), antiracism, and decolonization frameworks support learners.
- Assess perceptions about student motivation, social inclusion, barriers to learning, assessment, and expert learning.
- Construct flexible teaching and learning environments that honour learner variability, diversity, and lived experience.
- Reflect on ongoing practice and discovery within a learning community context guided by key elements and principles of UDL.
- Explore the importance of cross-disciplinary collaboration in creating shared learning environments (informed by UDL, AOP, antiracism, and decolonization).
To successfully complete the UDL Certificate Program, the following is required:
- Participation in 8 short Collaborative Learning Activities (asynchronous components).
- Participation in 3 webinars (synchronous components).
Upon completion participants will receive a UDL Certificate, which will be added to the faculty’s transcript, and they will receive the designation of “UDL Champion”. They may also add their “UDL Champion” certificate to their LinkedIn profile, resume or other professional social media outlets.
Additionally, the TLX will be offering 1:1 UDL coaching and all faculty who complete the certificate will be invited to join an ongoing UDL Community of Practice (CoP) Microsoft Teams space. Being connected with the UDL CoP will support continued exploration of UDL strategies and provide a space to engage in reflective practice with colleagues.