TAFE SA helps develop new training for tertiary educators

Dec 06, 2021

The Universal Design for Learning in Tertiary Education is a new eLearning program

Enhancing the learning experience for all tertiary students is the end goal of a new e-Learning program for educators.

The Universal Design for Learning in Tertiary Education eLearning Program has been developed by the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET), National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO), and TAFE SA with funding from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

The Universal Design for Learning in Tertiary Education eLearning Program - launched on Friday, 3 December – recognises that many tertiary students have different needs and challenges when it comes to learning and seeks to address potential barriers at the course design stage.

The Universal Design for Learning (UDL) approach acknowledges the diversity of student cohorts and considers the broadest possible range of needs and preferences of learners.

Targeting educators and instructional designers in the tertiary sector, the free 90-minute online training aims to increase understanding of designing, developing, and implementing UDL into teaching and learning practices.

The eLearning program has been developed over the past year with input from universities and TAFEs from around the country.

Project team member Jen Cousins, TAFE SA’s Teaching and Learning Specialist - Accessibility and Inclusive Education, says the online training is relevant for all areas of the tertiary sector including adult community education, vocational education and training, and higher education.

“One of the benefits of this program is that it will help educators broaden their understanding of the challenges faced by learners, including those with a disability,” Jen says.

Modules include:

-        Introduction to Universal Design for Learning

-        The Universal Design for Learning Framework and Guidelines

-        Universal Design for Learning in Practice

-        Getting started with Universal Design for Learning.

By completing the training, participants should be able to:

-        Outline the Universal Design principles and the UDL framework

-        Demonstrate and apply knowledge of contemporary UDL practices and approaches in tertiary settings

-        Apply UDL strategies in practice.

The training will also provide access to UDL resources, checklists and templates, information about learning design and accessibility, ongoing professional learning opportunities and networking.

The eLearning program was launched on International Day of People with Disability, Friday, 3 December, and is available on the Disability Awareness website.

ADCET has also launched a Universal Design for Learning Webpage with a range of UDL resources, including the video  Universal Design For Learning - What is UDL?