Interactive Platforms for Participants

Round Table Discussions at the Second Pan-Canadian Conference on UDL

Being a UDL advocates means in part using a UDL lens to examine all interactions we have with an audience, not just within the classroom but in all dimensions of our lives and our practice.

There is, for many of us, an inherent contradiction in the conference format itself as it ‘locks’ presenters in many respect in a format that is conventional, reflects a ‘sage on a stage’ approach, and perpetuates the notion of knowledge as a commodity which is transferred rather than co-constructed.

It will become an ongoing dynamic reflection for the UDL field as to how one might push the conference format into the 21st century and genuinely embed it with the UDL principles and intentions.

The Second Pan-Canadian Conference wishes you to involve you in this reflection.

The AHEAD Ireland Conference was the first this year to invite participants to engage in multiple roles when it offered round tables that ran simultaneously with break out sessions.  This was a resounding success and many participants took part; the round tables were busy and bustling with activity right through the two day conference at Croke Park, Dublin.

The Edcamp movement is gaining momentum in our field, for many reasons.  Some key features which seem to appeal widely, however, are the democratic flavour, the absence of hierarchy and status, the focus on participant voice, and the free flowing approach to topics and themes.  It is something very akin to the Edcamp flavour that AHEAD Ireland succeeded in channelling at their conference and we wish to try the same experiment.

We have selected three time slots for these round tables to occur:

Wednesday May 31st from 5.30 to 6pm

Thursday June 1st from 8.30 to 9.00 am

Friday June 2nd from 1 to 1.30pm

To submit your idea, theme or topic for a round table discussion please complete this Google Form:

We will then advertise these themes and facilitate a process for participants to indicate their interest and to join you on the day.

You do not take on a role as presenter or organizer.  You are solely offering a thematic angle and committing to triggering a conversation that will then incorporate the voice of all participants at the table.

Thanks for taking part in this process and for injecting your vision, energy and collaborative spirit.

Questions for the Closing Panel on Friday

We would like all participants to contribute questions for the panel Friday.  Do not hesitate; simply complete the Google Form below and send us the questions you’d like to see addressed by the panelists. 

Creation of National Association for Excellence in UDL

The Second Pan-Canadian Conference on Universal Design for Learning will provide an opportunity for practitioners, researchers and students from across the country to discuss the creation of a National non-profit association focusing on the promotion and development of UDL in Canada, to volunteer in its establishment and to take on roles as officers.  A meeting for all interested parties will take place at 4pm on Thursday June 1st, at the end of the first day of conference sessions.  It will be held in room 286 in the AVC Building, UPEI.

The proposed goals would be to:

  • Formalize membership and create an up-to-date mailing list of Canadian advocates and implementers of UDL (Year 1)
  • To create contact points for the association in each province (Year 1)
  • To collect and showcase examples of (i) best practices and (ii) implementation models across sectors (Year 1)
  • To become a hub of excellence on UDL in Canada (Year 2)
  • To provide expertise and support to institutions (K-12 and post-secondary) considering UDL implementation (Year 2)
  • To organize regular national and provincial forums and gatherings on UDL (Year 3)
  • To build national momentum around UDL (Year 3)
  • To collaborate with departments of education at both provincial and national level and offer consultancy to these departments (Year 3)

Join us on Thursday!

Please complete the following Google Form if you wish to be contacted following this initial brainstorming meeting.