The significance of Universal Design for Learning is growing rapidly in the context of postsecondary education and pedagogy. In order to create a more inclusive learning environment for the diverse student populations in their respective settings, five post-secondary institutions in Montreal came together to respond to the growing rise in learner variability through the implementation of a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework.
The allUDL website is the end result of a 3 year “Projet – Interordre” funded by the Quebec Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur. This project is a collaborative venture led by McGill University, in partnership with Centennial College, Dawson College, John Abbott College and Marianopolis College and the Research Centre for the Educational and Professional Inclusion of students with Disabilities (CRISPESH).
Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 77 faculty members and course instructors across the five institutions in order to identify the key facilitators and stressors that support or hinder the implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in their pedagogical practices.
The allUDL website aims to respond to the needs of faculty members and course instructors by providing resources targeted towards the implementation of Universal Design for Learning in a post-secondary context.
allUDL would like to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of following institutions and individuals:
Project Funding: Gouvernement du Québec, Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement Supérieur, projet Inter-Ordre
Project conception and grant proposal: Frédéric Fovet, McGill University
Project Participants: The 77 course instructors from the partner institutions who kindly gave of their time and shared their insights in order to make this project possible
Partner Collaborators: Anika Maloni,Margaret Owen, and Andrea Carter (Centennial College); Susie Wileman (Dawson College); Brenda Rowe (John Abbott College); Dr. Ioana Constantinescu (Marianopolis College); Tanja Beck and Teri Phillips (McGill University); Catherine Loiselle (CRISPESH)
Project Coordinator: Roberta Thomson, McGill University
Research Assistants: Transcription of Interviews: Skye Miner and Sorayya Askari,
Data Analysis: Christina Vitouchanskaia and Golshan Golriz Fard
Content Development: Shannahn McInnis, Roberta Thomson and the allUDL Project Team
Expert content editing: Dr. Alice Havel, Dawson College
Technical Assistance: Jonathan Perlman and Derek Gaucher (Dawson College)
Timothy Swiffen (McGill University)
Web design: OpenConcept