Widening Access and Increasing Inclusion for students through Faculty Coaching (E/SI)

May 6, 2019 | 11:30 - 12:00

Location: 207-208
Track: Innovative Education

George Brown College, a large urban college located in the downtown core of Toronto, has been engaged with Universal Design for Learning for a number of years in an effort to widen access and increase inclusion with its diverse population of students. This 30 minute presentation will focus on sharing the process and results of two projects with this aim. First, a UDL Academic Pilot was coordinated through the Student Affairs department in 2017 with the participation of 17 teaching faculty and 5 Academic Chairs. The pilot involved education and training, community-building activities, and one-on-one/small group coaching using the CAST framework as a guide to making course changes and experimenting with new strategies and approaches. A key learning of the pilot was the powerful impact of peer coaching, leading Student Affairs to initiate a second pilot: Access and Inclusion Coaching. GBC’s A+I Coach will share her experiences working collaboratively with Accessible Learning Services, faculty support departments, and teaching faculty across the College to build capacity for widening access and increasing inclusion.

Session Speakers

Ravinder Brar

Access and Inclusion Coach

George Brown College

Susan Toews

Director, Student Affairs

George Brown College

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