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Universal Design in Education Conference

Centre for Excellence in Universal Design logoNext week, a two day conference entitled “Education Across the Continuum: Innovating through Universal Design” takes place in Dublin Castle (Thursday 12th & Friday 13th of November).

Design is present in every aspect of our lives, from the everyday to the spectacular, from our takeaway coffee cup to the cutting edge of innovation in science, business and technology.  2015 has been designated Year of Design, so it is an opportune time for us to consider how we approach Universal Design in education, that is how we prepare our students to think outside the box and to design new things with all users in mind.

The Conference is an opportunity for teachers to hear about the growing importance of “Universal Design” for living, learning and working in today’s world.

You will see how Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is influencing how curriculum is being developed and delivered being taught in Ireland  –  3 workshops specifically for educators on UDL and community based learning and research from CAST (Boston, USA), AHEAD, UCC, SOLAS and Irish Association of Universities (IAU). Keynote presentations from Dr David Rose, founder and CAST a not-for-profit research and development organization whose mission is to improve education, for all learners, through innovative uses of modern multimedia technology. Lord David Putnam, Ireland’s Digital Champion will also speak on the importance of creativity and the opportunities ICT provides for education.

On Friday morning, the “Bringing Universal Design to School” workshop will introduce a new Universal Design course for second level schools currently in development by the National Disability Authority and H2 Learning.  The course is modular and is suitable for delivery within Transition Year or in the future as part of the new Junior Cycle Short Course framework.

As well as presentations from Universal Design experts, there will be an exhibition of previous Universal Design winners and short-listed entries by third level students and a 24:Hour Universal Design Hackathon – where new designs will be created during the conference by 5 professional design teams working over a 24 hour period.

For more information and to register go to education.universaldesign.ie

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