The project is concerned with opening the institutional dialogue about the benefits of adopting the principles of Universal Design for Learning in our practice.
Current Project News
We are currently recruiting for the local MTU rollout of the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (NFETLHE) Universal Design in Teaching and Learning Digital Badge, which is due to commence in the week of 04 October.
If you would like to learn more about participating in the badge, you may be interested in viewing the short webinar, delivered in May 2021, by former badge participants.
To join MTU colleagues who have already signed up, please register using our online registration form.
What are the project aims?
The core aims of the project are:
- To highlight the benefits to staff and learners of working within a UDL framework.
- To broaden engagement across campuses with UDL principles.
- To begin the process of embedding good UDL practice across the institution and its functions.
Why is this project important?
As we embark on becoming MTU, initiating a campus wide UDL initiative such as this is timely as new systems, processes, policies evolve and change. In addition, this project aligns with key local and national priorities, namely:
- CIT’s Strategic Plan 2018-2023, in which one of the four strategic priorities identified is Inclusive Access to Education Opportunities and a Diverse Student-Body
- CIT’s Academic Strategy 2019-2023, where one of the three academic pillars is Ambitious and Visionary Student Scholarship and Teaching
- Establishing the Munster Technological University Application for Designation as a Technological University, as Inclusive is one of the 4 key values of MTU and inclusivity features heavily throughout
National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (NFETLHE) strategic priority Student Success
How will this project be delivered?
This project will very much leverage the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (NFETLHE) Universal Design in Teaching and Learning Digital Badge and the wealth of UDL experience already available through our Disability Support Office.
We aim to deliver this project in four stages throughout the 2021/22 academic year, as follows:
- Semester 1, 2021/22:
- Facilitation of a local MTU iteration of NFETLHE’s Universal Design in Teaching and Learning Digital Badge.
- Conduct research on best practice in UDL in higher education institutions.
- Semester 2, 2021/22
- Formation of a UDL Learning Community at MTU, comprising but not limited to badge participants.
- Development of UDL related resources for staff and learner.
Who are the project team members?
The following are our team members - you can contact us collectively via email at email@example.com:
Dr Marian Hurley
AnSEO – the Student Engagement Office, MTU Cork
AnSEO – the Student Engagement Office | Teaching & Learning Unit, MTU Cork
Disability Support Service, MTU Cork
Dr Sheila Walsh
Marketing and International Business, MTU Cork
Sport, Leisure and Childhood Studies, MTU Cork