Teaching conference to focus on inclusive learning

Thursday August 8, 2019Roger Coda
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Cultivating inclusive learning approaches that consider the diverse needs of students and create environments where all students have equal access to learning will be explored at the 13th annual Teaching & Learning Conference.

“Limitless Learning: Empowering Students through Inclusive Course Design” is the theme of the conference to be held on Monday, Aug. 19, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Williams Center. Its overall goal is to improve student engagement and success across disciplines.

The keynote address, “Beginning your own Inclusive Design Strategy,” will be given in the Multipurpose Room by Jess Mitchell, senior manager for Research + Design, Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University, Toronto. She will share essential elements for making teaching and learning inclusive, while also addressing challenges that arise in making inclusive content.

“I am lately most fascinated with the evolving world of design, in particular ethics and design. I spend most of my time in inclusion, diversity and equity. And am deeply committed to empowering people and helping to shift their perspective.” Ms. Mitchell said.

A candid and compelling discussion about inclusive design and what it looks like at the college level will follow Mitchell’s address. Attendees will examine their own teaching practices through the critical lens of inclusive design, with the goal to intentionally apply their approach in daily decision making.

Faculty and staff from Fredonia, SUNY Brockport, SUNY Geneseo, University at Buffalo, SUNY Schenectady County Community College and Finger Lakes Community College will lead small-group sessions, to be held concurrently, at 11 a.m. and 1 and 2 p.m.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Terry Brown will offer opening remarks and introductions.

Additional information about the conference, coordinated by Fredonia’s Professional Development Center, is available here

Registration can be placed the Professional Development Center’s website.  

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