Universal Design - Responding to the Needs of Diverse Learners in a Virtual Space
12:15p.m. to 1:00p.m.
Mr. Brian Campbell, Ms. Andree Campbell
Church Teachers’ College: Mandeville
Mr. Brian Campbell is in his third year pursuing a Bachelor of Education in Mathematics at Church Teachers’ College: Mandeville.
As a student teacher, he believes he is poised to enter a profession where he will have a direct platform to assist students in realising and maximising their hidden potential.
He currently serves as the Debate Society’s Interim President. Mr. Campbell is passionate about student empowerment and upliftment.
Ms. Andree Campbell is a lecturer in the Technology Department at Church Teachers’ College: Mandeville. She holds a Master of Science and Bachelor of Education degree in Computer Science from the University of the West Indies and a Diploma in Secondary Education with emphasis in History and Computer Science from Church Teachers’ College: Mandeville. She has been an educator for sixteen years.
Ms. Campbell believes that effective technology integration in the classroom can stimulate interest and provide opportunities for all different kinds of learners to engage in meaningful learning regardless of their disability or ‘difference.’
Dr. Jean Chen –Wellington
Addressing learner diversity in the classroom has always been challenging for educators, in the Caribbean and internationally. Several researchers have recorded the negative attitudes of teachers towards providing inclusive education for learners with exceptionalities. What then of the ‘new normal” created by the COVID 19 pandemic?
Meyer, Rose & Gordon (2014) records success with shifting from the medical model approach to a social model approach, to effectively address the needs of exceptional learners, utilizing the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) approach. What if we anticipated all barriers to accessing a curriculum and addressed them before we actually faced the students in the classroom? UDL offers three guiding principles that can facilitate this, even in the ‘new normal’ environment. Three enduring principles of UDL such as: multiple means of engagement, multiple means of representation, and multiple means of action and expression; can be applied to virtual settings enabling differentiation and successful inclusionary practices.