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Universal Design in Earth Education: Approaches to access and accommodation for a more inclusive STEM experience

Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am Ritchie Hall: 164
Workshop

Conveners

Wendi Williams, South Texas College
Ivan Carabajal, University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

Overview

This two-day morning professional development is for current and future K- Higher Education integrated STEM faculty on behalf of the International Association for Geoscience Diversity (http://theIAGD.org). This year's expanded format builds upon the 2017 mini-workshop by providing new resources, more in-depth treatment of strategies, and peer-mentored practice toward implementing inclusive educational design. From classroom to field experience design and management, this session will provide suggestions to modifying pedagogical "ways of doing" to reinforce increasing the diversity of student experiences using Universal Design in our STEM environments. Participants in this workshop will: Learn about common barriers to access and inclusion within STEM education; be introduced to the principles of Universal / Inclusive Design for Learning (UDL/IDL); and explore accommodations for both physical and non-apparent disabilities.

Note from Conveners:

Dear Colleagues, The way this Workshop description page is formatted is deliberate. The font type and size are carefully selected to demonstrate Universal / Inclusive Design recommended practices to use sans serif fonts (e.g. Arial) *and* 16 - 18 point.

Target Audience

This workshop is designed for a range of formal and informal STEM educators working with K - Higher Education students and the general public through outreach opportunities.

Goals

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Learn about common barriers to access and inclusion within Geosciences and broader STEM education;
  • Be introduced to the principles of Universal / Inclusive Design for Learning (UDL/IDL); and
  • Explore accommodations for both physical and non-apparent disabilities.

Workshop Program »

Format

The workshop will consist of short presentations, group activities, and discussion / reflection. Registrants will be asked to participate in brief pre-/post-meeting surveys, assigned select background readings, and provide facilitators short reflective responses prior to, and during, the workshop so that we can maximize learning interactions during our time together in Kansas.

Pre-workshop activities will be used to provide an overview of issues and introduction to key topics so that we can start with a common background for scaffolding during our two mornings together. Pre-workshop work will include a brief survey, reading a few recommended papers and a round of guided introduction e-mails before EER.

Personal / WIFI-enabled devices are highly recommended for this workshop.

Special Note: If you are a Person with Disability planning to participate in this Workshop that would like to contact the facilitators in advance for additional consideration in accommodation, please feel free to contact Wendi at wwilliams@nwacc.edu prior to EER 2018 (preferably at the time you register with EER to assist us with our planning efforts).


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