Second Pan-Canadian Conference on Universal Design for Learning
May 31, 2017 18:00 - June 2, 2017 15:00
Theme: Bringing User Experience to Education: UDL and Inclusion for the 21st century
Two years ago the first Pan-Canadian Conference on Universal Design for Learning took place at McGill. It was a unanimous success and has set a precedent for regular Canadian academic gatherings to explore the development of UDL and encourage its further promotion. The interest and momentum are growing for UDL across Canada, in both K-12 and post-secondary sectors, and the time has come for UDL practitioners and advocates to come together again to exchange, showcase practices, and examine the potential for future development.
The intention of the conference is to create an opportunity for practitioners from different sectors, from across the country, to come together, exchange on UDL practices, and to share their vision for the future. The Conference also hopes to encourage an interdisciplinary dialogue and to offer participants a multi-faceted overview of current Canadian initiatives. To this end, the conference will offer, not just K-12 and post-secondary streams, but also a stream for Student Services and Student Affairs professionals, a stream specifically for Instructional Designers, and a stream showcasing the learner voice. The Conference organizers also hope to attract UDL practitioners from overseas in order to allow for an emerging International dialogue on UDL implementation and research. The theme of the conference also seeks to create a bridge between the UDL discourse and the User Experience (UX) literature, and welcomes participants from the community at large.