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Universal design for learning: towards inclusive pedagogy

In October 2017, the Conseil Supérieur de l'Enseignement published the For a Rich School for all its students. A pedagogical posture offering many elements of solution to engage in a process of inclusion of all its students is the Universal Design of Learning (UCL).

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In October 2017, the Higher Education Council published the opinion For a school rich in all its students. This notice describes the realities, limits and issues to be considered with regard to the diversity of students in classes in Quebec. He then presents inspiring initiatives and suggestions for moving towards inclusive education for all.

By consulting the recommendations issued, it is possible to feel overwhelmed by the scale of the actions to be implemented (especially by being aware of the second principle to be considered, namely to maintain high requirements for each student and to persevere in the search for solutions until 'to its success). Fortunately, there is a pedagogical posture offering many elements of a solution to engage in a process of inclusion of all its students: the Universal Design of Learning (CUA).

Think again, this is not a question of overhauling your practice in its entirety, but of taking the time to plan your learning activities by considering the obstacles to learning that your students might encounter.

AUC training is available through the CADRE21

To help you move towards inclusive teaching, CADRE21, under the good care of expert Cathy Brazeau, has been offering training on the universal design of learning since May 2018.

Thanks to the Digital Action Plan (PAN), teachers in Quebec benefit from CADRE21 and RÉCIT training free of charge. It is therefore the perfect opportunity to embark on a professional development process (at little cost!), To learn more about the AUC and to give yourself the means and the motivation to make changes in your practice according to a progression and a pace that works for you.

Explorer level

The “Explorer” course in the Universal Design for Learning series presents the basics of this teaching posture. It is about its foundations. By watching videos and reading reference texts, you will learn more about this concept which is inspired by the universal design of the field of architecture. At the end of the training, a questionnaire in the form of short answers is proposed in order to be granted the Explorer badge of the AUC.

Architect and Virtuoso level

At the Architect level, it's time to get your hands dirty. You will consult interesting and reliable resources in order to appropriate the guiding principles and the stages of a coherent planning with the AUC. You will then be invited to script and pilot a learning activity that respects these basics.

At the Virtuoso level, the challenge will be to “demonstrate that learning becomes more accessible to all of your students, regardless of their difference (learner variability), thanks to the AUC. In other words, [to] see how the AUC (representation, action / expression and engagement) means enable your students to make choices that help them progress further and become expert learners. »(FRAME21)

In order to receive one of these badges, the process to be followed is more rigorous than at the Explorer level. You will need to illustrate the integration of AUC into your overall planning, present traces of your learners in different contexts and share your reflection on the skills you have developed.

Innovator level

To obtain the last level of badge, you will need to demonstrate your leadership in the educational community in relation to the AUC and present the traces that demonstrate your expertise. At the end of the process, you will be recognized “as a benchmark, because your innovative actions demonstrate your expertise, your leadership, your active participation and your commitment, to your colleagues and your professional network, in the field of universal design for learning. »(FRAME21)

Want to learn more about this training?

Meeting on the CADRE21 website.

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Julie R.-Bordeleau
Julie R.-Bordeleauhttp://apprendre.education
Former teacher and mother of a military family of 4 boys, Julie R-Bordeleau is an alternative learning guide and author. She loves discovering new educational and holistic resources and approaches that allow her clients to learn and develop in different ways, depending on their needs. Its website julierbordeleau.com, its newsletter and its services are dedicated to adults who are changing the world in their own way, whether they are parents-educators, parents or professionals.

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