Note: This session is capped at 40 participants.
Session Description: Increasingly, incoming students are coming to JMU from a diverse set of backgrounds. These backgrounds are contextualized not only within a variety of ethnic and racial identities, but also encompass diversity in learning styles and abilities. Given the increasing diversity of our students (ethnic and racial identities, learning styles, pathways to higher education), how can educators meet their educational goals while also meeting the diverse needs of students? Universal design (UD) can provide a starting point for developing a framework for instruction to address such a question. UD refers to range of ideas meant to create buildings, products and environments that address accessibility issues for both individuals with disabilities and individuals without disabilities. This presentation offers an overview of the concepts and principles of UD, the processes involved in creating universally designed environments, and applications of their use. We introduce participants to the concept of UD as it has been applied in the built environment and how these principles have been transformed into a learning environment.
Presented by: Rory Lazowski, Robin Anderson
Monday, March 18, 2013
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
FCSC, Alleghany Room