Royal Roads represented at AIEC 2019

Frederic Fovet presenting at AIEC 2019

Royal Roads University was represented at the Australian International Education Conference 2019, which took place in Perth on October 15 to 18. This was the 50th AIEC conference. Frederic Fovet, associate professor in the School of Education and Technology, presented a paper on the use of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to create inclusive provisions for international students in higher education.

Frederic and other presenters sharing a session on curriculum reform within a landscape of increased Internationalization.

Conferences such as AIEC attract a significant number of speakers focusing on marketing and outreach with international students as well as on retention and the provision of targeted support services. Frederic’s paper, however, was part of an emerging and slightly distinct thread of scholarship in this area. This growing body of literature is suggesting teaching and learning must be re-examined within this increasingly internationalized landscape in order to address ethnocentrism and to create genuinely inclusive classroom provisions for international students. 

The paper Frederic was presenting has now been published as a book chapter within Transforming Higher Education Through Universal Design for Learning - An International Perspective, edited by Novak and Bracken. The book had its Canadian launch at Royal Roads during the Third Pan-Canadian Conference on UDL, which took place on October 2 to 4. Frederic will also present this material at a Roads to Research lunch time workshop on December 18.