Conference Podcasts & Blogs

Explore these conference podcasts with engaging guests or peruse our presenter blogs. The Power of Potential conference centers experiences from Universal Design for Learning Journeys. What better way to prepare for the conference than to begin exploring these stories? Listen or read below! Scroll down for conference blogs or look just beyond this message to explore the conference podcasts.

Featured Podcasts

UDL – Perspectives from India

Hear from Dr.Sujata Bhan, Professor and Head Department of Special Education from SNDT Women’s University in Mumbai

UDL: Educational Therapy and Executive Functioning

Hear from Alexis Reid, an educator, educational therapist and learning consultant in private practice (Reid Connect, LLC) in Boston & Falmouth (Cape Cod) MA, USA, adjunct professor, educator, author, and CAST UDL Faculty member

Going Beyond UDL – Inclusion & Context

Hear from Clinical Professor Susie Gronseth, and Betsy Dalton from the USA joined by Linda Plantin Ewe, Special Needs Education, Kristianstad Univ., Sweden

UDL Insights From Jakarta, Indonesia

Hear from Prof. Dr. Frieda Maryam Mangunsong br Siahaan, M.Ed. Senior Psychologist, Professor of the Faculty of Psychology from Universitas Indonesia.

UDL Insights and Examples from Australia

Hear from Elizabeth Hitches, a PhD Candidate, sessional academic and teacher working within the Institute for Social Science Research, University of Queensland, and Griffith University, Australia.

UDL: Past, Present, and Future

Hear from Professor Richard Jackson, who is internationally recognised as a pioneer in Universal Design for Learning (UDL). He gives a brief history of UDL and his hopes for future development.

Design for Learning to Promote Digital Literacy

Hear from Annjanette Bennar & Brandon Daily from Goodwin University, Connecticut, USA. During June’s conference, they will be presenting in person: Beyond Barriers: Implementing Universal Design for Learning to Promote Digital Literacy

Featured Blogs

Universal Design for Learning, inclusive practice and global youth initiatives

Abdelaaziz El Bakkali, PhDAssociate professor of language and cultural studies, English Department, School of Arts and Humanities Sidi Med Ben Abdellah University, Fes, Morocco.

The 7th International Conference on Education Quality offers a critical platform for engaging in discussions on how the social sciences can contribute to achieving sustainable development goals. This engagement is essential to promote justice and equality for all global citizens within the educational sphere, with a particular focus on advancing leadership styles. Through this conference, there is a unique opportunity to deliberate on these pressing issues and devise strategies for meaningful educational transformation.

This blog introduces the passion from Abdelaaziz El Bakkali, PhD ahead of the conference held in Worcester, UK.

As an educator deeply committed to the cause of quality education, I am truly excited about the prospect of participating in the conference and engaging in meaningful discussions with fellow participants. I am eager to share my thoughts and contribute to the intellectual debate.

Inspired by global youth initiatives, African educational stakeholders should deploy collective efforts to solve obstacles for a just world and sustainable future. Because the educational system in the continent has flopped with setbacks despite the reform stages and failed to approach the heart of this issue, African pedagogical actors have to redress the crux of the problem to allow learners access to a world of leadership and business with enough transferable skills and competencies.

Through the 7th International Conference on Education Quality, there is an opportunity to engage in a venue for the deliberation on how the social sciences can advance the sustainable development goals to achieve justice and equality for all global citizens in the educational sphere, mainly advancing leadership styles.

To explore these ideas further, Abdelaaziz El Bakkali, PhD will be speaking at the upcoming conference.

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Universal Design for Learning: An Inclusive Pedagogy

Dr. Sujata Bhan is a Professor and Head of Department of Special Education, SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai. She is a trained psycho-educationist and teacher educator. She is actively involved in teaching, administration, research, and training teachers in Special Education for three decades. She is a registered guide for Ph.D. in special education. Her blog introduces the context for inclusive pedagogy through universal design for learning.

The curriculum of the majority of educational institutions is tailored for a uniform cohort of learners and lacks the capacity to address varying educational requirements. This places the onus on students to conform to rigid curricular structures. Educators are tasked with developing customized instructional materials tailored to the diverse needs of learners with varying neurological profiles. It is optimal for educators to offer educational experiences within the mainstream curriculum that are comprehensive and efficacious for all students. This practice ensures that no individual student is singled out, and each student, including those with disabilities, feels a sense of inclusion.

The global educational development agenda outlined in Sustainable Development Goal 4 similarly aims to guarantee education that is inclusive and of high quality, while also fostering opportunities for lifelong learning for all individuals by the year 2030. Therefore, the educational system should strive to cater to the needs of all children in India, ensuring that no child is deprived of the chance to learn and succeed due to their circumstances of birth or background. Given that both the NEP 2020 and SDG 4 prioritize addressing diversities and providing education to all, it becomes imperative to explore various inclusive pedagogical approaches to render education accessible, engaging, and significant for everyone.

UDL, as an educational framework, is strategically crafted to enhance and optimize the pedagogical and learning processes for individuals, drawing from empirical understandings of human cognition. Infused with the core tenets of accessibility, flexibility, and inclusivity, UDL aims to eliminate impediments to learning, ensuring equitable opportunities for achievement for every learner. It offers a structured approach for formulating educational objectives, strategies, resources, and evaluations that resonate with all individuals, presenting adaptable methods that can be tailored to specific requirements.

The significance of UDL is particularly pronounced in specialized educational settings as it furnishes a holistic structure for catering to the varied requirements of students with disabilities. Through the provision of multiple pathways to achievement, UDL fosters the development of resilience and perseverance among children with special needs. By advocating for adaptability, accessibility, inclusiveness, autonomy, and differentiated teaching practices, UDL fosters the establishment of an educational milieu within special education classrooms where all students can flourish.

The Department of Special Education trains the B.Ed. trainees in UDL framework to be implemented both is mainstream schools and special schools. We as a country, are still at nascent stage of following UDL therefore, research needs to be conducted on the effectiveness of using this inclusive pedagogy.

Professor Bhan believes the cognitive and conative domain of learning is incomplete without enhancing the affective domain. Her passion lies in creating a workforce of teachers who can make a difference in the life of a person with special needs. To find out more about her work, register for an online space to the conference…

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