Roads to Research with Frederic Fovet
Please join us for a Roads to Research presentation with Frederic Fovet
- Date: December 18
- Time: noon to 1 p.m.
- Location: Centre for Dialogue, Learning and Innovation Centre
Exploring the relevance and potential of Universal Design for Learning to create inclusive classroom practices with international students
The percentage of international students enrolled in North American campuses is rising rapidly, and averaging 25% in many institutions. Internationalization of higher ed has brought many benefits to our institutions, but deep reflection around the conditions that are necessary for the successful inclusion of international students on these campuses is only beginning. While the literature on outreach, support services and retention strategies is abundant, little thought has been given thus far to the degree to which traditional pedagogy may often remain ethnocentric and require a rethink. Discussions around multiculturalism in the classroom help in this regard, but they often fall short of genuinely redesigning the learning experience for greater inclusion. As a result a tension can often exist between traditional pedagogical practices and the expectations of international students. In this landscape there is a real thirst for new models or frameworks that might assist instructors in transforming teaching and learning to better fit the internationalized classroom. One such framework has been Universal Design for Learning: a model initially conceived to ensure the inclusion of students with disabilities that is showing exceptional potential to also address the needs of international students and to guide instructors in the redesign for their delivery and assessment.
Frederic will facilitate a discussion, during this Roads to Research session, around the relevance of UDL in the inclusion of international students in the higher ed classroom. He will draw both on his experience as both a UDL specialist and on his three year experience on PEI as academic lead of an MEd program made up entirely of international students. His research on the topic has been recently published in a chapter of Transforming Higher Education Through Universal Design for Learning - An International Perspective, edited by Novak and Bracken. The book was given its Canadian launch at Royal Roads during the Third Pan-Canadian Conference on UDL which took place on October 2–4.
Please bring your lunch. Cookies and coffee will be provided.
Research Services gratefully acknowledges the funding support of the Research Support Fund (RSF) in the development of this initiative. The RSF is administered by the Tri-Agency Institutional Programs Secretariat.