On June 14th 2021 the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris launched the UDL Guidance for FET Practitioners. This UDL for FET Practitioners Guidance represents the culmination of a substantial consultation and engagement process with FET practitioners and leaders across FET, national and international UD/UDL and inclusive education experts, senior representatives from Government Departments and Agencies, NGOs, and support organisations.
This action/planning focused word-template is designed for deeper practitioner reflection and planning on intentionally implementing each UDL guideline, individually or in collaboration with your colleagues.
ETBI UDL Webinars
UDL for FET Practitioners
ETBI has facilitated the development of a series of 5 online interactive seminars, which aim to strengthen knowledge and understanding of UDL and offer practical insights on embedding UDL in ETB FET. The webinar series is driven by and aimed at practitioners who design and deliver FET programmes of all kinds, especially instructors and college/ centre support staff
Webinar 1 What is Universal Design for Learning in Further Education and Training?
Webinar 1 session is facilitated by Alison Jones and Mike Downes, GRETB. It introduces the concept and practice of UDL. Areas for Discussion and debate include:
the origins of UDL
UDL as a lens
development of UDL principles & guidelines
the practical application of UDL in apprenticeship programmes.
The session adopts interactive tools, allowing participants to discuss and share learning and ideas.
Webinar 2 - UDL Principle 1: Multiple Means of Engagement
Facilitated by Helena Farrell, Kinsale College and Vivienne Doherty BTEI, Donegal, this session explores the UDL principle of engagement, with a focus on its application to Induction processes. Using an interactive approach, this session also looks at getting learners involved, engaged, and motivated.
Webinar 3 - UDL Principle 2: Multiple Means of Representation
Facilitated by Dave Mulvaney, Crumlin Youthreach and Carol Neenan, Cork ETB and discusses and debates the UDL principle of representation and its application in areas including the representation of technical language & complex procedures. Options for perception & comprehension are addressed.
Webinar 4 - UDL Principle 3: Multiple Means of Action and Expression
Webinar 4 is facilitated by Jennifer Lynch, Marino College of Further Education.& Joe Houghton, UCD, and explores the UDL principle of Action and Expression and its application in the use of Learner Journals. Areas for discussion include the provision of options for physical action, communication and functioning.
Webinar 5 is facilitated by Carrie Archer, PL&D Coordinator for CDETB and Liz Moynihan, Director of Kinsale College. The facilitators share their experience of working as part of a collective in Communities of Practice. They discuss the possibilities of how CoPs' support the true embedding of UDL as a mindset within a class group, a centre, or an entire organisation. Carrie and Liz explore practicalities, challenges, and aspirations as well as the role of leadership in building a UDL community.
A series of webinars for External Authenticators aiming to hep you to understand what UDL actually means, why it is a quality approach to teaching and learning, and how it expands the kinds of evidence of learning you encounter in your everyday work
Webinar 1: Spotting UDL in Action
Facilitated by Patricia Sludds and Cormac Woods (NLN) Ann Heelan (UDL Ireland) and Thomas J. Tobin (University of Wisconsin)