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Have you noticed the diverse learning needs of the students you teach each semester?

Do you struggle to cater for the variety of needs these students present you with?

Would you like to learn how, using UDL framework, you can easily redesign some elements of your teaching and learning practice to more effectively support these diverse learners?


If the answer is yes to any of the above, then you should consider taking the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (NFETLHE) digital badge on Universal Design in Teaching and Learning!

This digital badge was developed as part of NFETLHE’s Open Courses for Professional Development by AHEAD and UCD Access & Lifelong Learning. As part of UDL@MTU, a Strategic Alignment of Teaching and Learning Enhancement 2020 (SATLE 2020) project funded by NFETLHE, this badge was delivered in Semester 1 2021/22 by a local group of MTU Facilitators.

The good news is that this badge has now been main-schemed and will now be offered on an annual basis facilitated by Dr Marian Hurley.

If you would like to learn more about participating in the badge, which is due to commence in the week of 3rd October, you may be interested in viewing a short webinar delivered in May 2021 by former badge participants or reading the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions below.

What’s involved in earning the digital badge?

In total, the badge requires approximately 25 hours of learner effort consisting of the following five self-paced online modules:

  1. Introduction to Diversity and the UDL Framework
  2. Exploring Multiple Means of Engagement
  3. Exploring Multiple Means of Representation
  4. Exploring Multiple Means of Action & Expression
  5. Reflecting on Your Practice

What’s the badge delivery schedule?

The badge will be completed over 10 weeks which will involve:

  • Week 1 – Introduction & Orientation - consisting of a live webinar/information session and completion of online module 1
  • Weeks 2-3 – Examination of UDL Principles and Reflecting on Your Practice - consiting of the completion of online modules 2 to 5 followed by a deep self reflection activity
  • Week 4 – Live online Peer Engagement Workshop
  • Weeks 5-9 – Planning & Implementation of UDL - which will involve the development and implementation of a personal redesign activity with an optional weekly office drop-in for 1-hour each week
  • Week 10 – Preparation and Submission of your Redesign Report

What’s in it for me?

Participation in this badge provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Develop professionally by enhancing your teaching, sharing and discussing good practice and innovation with your peers, and engaging in continuous professional development.
  • Earn national recognition for your commitment to your professional development supporting your lifelong learning and career mobility across the sector.
  • Connect with like-minded peers from across MTU and join MTU’s UDL learning community.

What are the badge criteria?

This badge will give you an introduction to the concept of Universal Design for Learning and invite you to review and update your own Teaching and Learning practice.

By completing this badge, you will:

  • Reflect on the Diversity of Students in MTU.
  • Gain a good understanding of the Universal Design for Learning framework and how it can support diverse learners.
  • Redesign some elements of your teaching and learning practice based on your knowledge of UDL principles.
  • Consider how they will change your practice more broadly in line with a UDL approach.

How do I sign up?

This initiative is open to any staff member interested in learning more about UDL. Unfortunately, the current iteration of the badge is now underway but if you would like to be considered for a future iteration please fill in the expression of interest form and we can advise you of any upcoming dates for the badge

Where can I get further information?

The UDL@MTU project team are happy to answer any queries you may have, so please feel free to  contact us by email (udl@mtu.ie).

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