Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a theoretical framework that encourages educators to think about teaching and learning in a way that provides equitable learning and success opportunities for all students in higher education. This flexible approach offers educators guidelines on how to proactively make their course(s) more accessible, useable, and inclusive, regardless of learner differences.
As post-secondary nursing education learner diversity has become the norm, it is essential that nurse educators in these settings create an inclusive learning environment for diverse learners to optimize their potential and success. An inclusive learning environment involves offering equitable opportunities for everyone to succeed. Learner success hinges on accessibility to course resources and the comprehension of this material. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a theoretical framework rooted in the neuroscience of learning and use of technology, which can be used by educators to guide the structural design of courses, assessments, and learning environments (Centre for Applied Special Technology [CAST], 2011). In this course, nurse educators will explore key concepts and principles associated with the UDL framework, while further establishing how these guidelines can be integrated into the proactive design of curriculum to support the success of diverse learner populations in post-secondary environments.
Audience: Nurse educators
Delivery: Online (Zoom & Moodle)
Timeframe: 3 weeks
Wednesday May 12, 2021, 1300- 1500 EST
Wednesday May 19, 2021, 1300- 1500 EST
Wednesday May 26, 2021, 1300- 1500 EST
$275 CAD for members
$300 CAD for non-members
Ann Celestini RN, BA, BScN, MHS
Lecturer, Trent/Fleming School of Nursing, Trent University
Lillian Chumbley MA (Learning and Technology)
Systems and Data Analyst, Trent University
Catherine Thibeault RN, PhD
Associate Professor, Trent/Fleming School of Nursing, Trent University
Ann Celestini is a lecturer at the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing at Trent University. She has over 25 years of experience as a registered nurse in various clinical, administrative, and educational roles. Her research interests lie primarily in instructional design, curricular development, and distance learning. Through Athabasca University, Ann completed her Masters of Health Studies with a focus in Teaching and is currently finishing a Doctor of Education in Distance Education. Her dissertation explores the integration of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles into an undergraduate nursing course to support the inclusivity of diverse learner needs in an online environment. This research is currently being conducted in a large first-year baccalaureate nursing course. She was the recipient of the 2019-2020 Wickerson Foundation grant and led a study to capture student experiences of a large face-to-face first-year nursing course which was redesigned using UDL principles to promote a more engaging, flexible, and inclusive classroom environment for all learners. In 2020, Ann was invited as a panelist by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at Trent University to speak about her experiences with Universal Design for Learning and then again regarding her successes in How to Plan for Large Online Courses. Ann was honoured to be nominated by students for the 2019 Symons Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Trent and in 2020 for the Inspirational Preceptor/Mentor Award through the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing Students Association. In 2018, with her curricular development expertise, Ann co-led the development of the first graduate-level nursing diploma program in mental health and addiction at the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing. As a nurse educator, Ann has extensive teaching experience in both theory and clinical courses in all four years of the undergraduate BScN program.
Participants are responsible for access to any course materials, including articles and textbooks.
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