9:00 AM, 06 Jan 2020 - 5:00 PM, 21 Feb 2020, Online & on campus

Digital Badge in Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Digital Badge in Universal Design for Learning

Implementation of Universal Design principles in Learning & Teaching promotes inclusivity and equity while also ‘future-proofing’ your teaching. As our classrooms and lecture theatres become increasingly diverse, our practices must also adapt to reflect the changing landscape of higher education. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework based on research in the learning sciences, including cognitive neuroscience, which guides the development of flexible learning environments that can accommodate individual learning differences and cater for the wide range of diversity in our lecture rooms. This CPD course will give you an introduction to the concept of UDL and invites you to review and update your own Learning & Teaching practice.


Participants in this blended programme will earn a nationally recognised digital badge. The online component of the Digital Badge involves engaging with a 6 hour (approx.) online learning resource. The online course will open on Canvas on the 6th January 2020. Participants must also attend a 3 hour workshop on Wednesday 12th February 2020 (2pm-5pm, Brookfield) OR Friday 21st February 2020 (10am – 1pm, Boole Library Seminar Room)Finally, participants must complete a redesign activity where you will select a teaching activity (e.g. lecture/training session/assignment), evaluate it, and redesign some elements of it using UDL principles you’ve learned about. You will then report on the process in the form of a written or video case study. In total, the Digital Badge requires approx. 25 hours of learner effort. 


This badge is aimed at academic staff and any other higher education staff members who have a teaching remit e.g. those who deliver training programmes for staff and students. Again, please note you must be able complete all three aspects described as per the above instruction to obtain the Digital Badge.


This staff professional development activity will be facilitated by CIRTL Fellow, Dr Brian Butler, and CIRTL Research Support Officer, Dr Laura Lee.

Badge issuers

The badge is a part of the National Forum’s digital badge initiative which seeks to recognise the work which goes in to unaccredited professional development currently occurring across the higher education sector in Ireland.

Please register for the Digital Badge here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc0z2ZJRvqbMHkG_cXAIwukB3_Csp1zGkfnctEUcRfGV7Q88A/viewform?usp=sf_link A maximum of 30 people can participate in the programme so please respond as soon as possible.

Registration required. Organised by Dr Laura Lee, OVPLT

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