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Stream IV - Who are our Students?

Students at Memorial University and indeed across all university and college campuses are changing. They are presenting with complex social, emotional and learning needs. This series of learning experiences focuses on several aspects of the diverse and ever changing needs of Memorial University students. Specifically, this stream will examine the diverse demographic make-up of the current student body, the use of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a way to allow greater numbers of students’ access to Memorial’s programs, and examine worrisome behaviours exhibited by some students and how to assist these students.

After completing the learning experiences in this stream participants should be able to:

  1. Consider the implications of the changing demographics on teaching and learning at Memorial University
  2. Apply the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the post-secondary setting
  3. Reflect on how the principles of Universal Design for Instruction (UDL) can be implemented at the classroom level, and beyond to assist students with diverse learning needs
  4. Develop methods for recognizing, and approaches to dealing with, worrisome behaviours exhibited by some students.
  5. Evaluate current research findings on worrisome behaviours in university students and what these findings mean for faculty and instructors

To register for or for information about the experiences in Stream IV contact Jennifer Moran at instrdev@mun.ca indicating your name, department, telephone number, email address, your affiliation with the university, and the professional development experience for which you would like to register and/or make enquiries.

Experience I (Parts A and B) 

Title: Universal Design for Learning: An introduction to UDL in Post-Secondary Education
Description:

This face-to-face learning experience will introduce the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and it’s many applications in post-secondary education. This experience will give participants opportunities to explore the concepts of UDL and will allow them a chance to reflect on and discuss their own uses of UDL.

Part A

Facilitators: Jason Geary, DELTS and Gabrielle Young, Faculty of Education
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 9, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Session Mode: St. John’s Campus – face-to-face, Grenfell Campus – videoconference
Location:

St. John’s Campus – ED 2030B, Grenfell Campus – AS3023

Part B

Facilitators: Jason Geary, DELTS and Gabrielle Young, Faculty of Education
Date & Time: Wednesday, October 23, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Session Mode: St. John’s Campus – face-to-face, Grenfell Campus – videoconference
Location:

St. John’s Campus – ED 2030B, Grenfell Campus – AS3023

Experience II

Title: Who Are Memorial’s Learners?
Description:

This face-to-face interactive session will examine the current make-up of Memorial’s student body along with local and national post secondary enrolment trends. Specifically, session participants will be invited to examine four student sub-populations at Memorial and reflect on challenges and/or changes to teaching and learning that will be needed to meet the needs of Memorial’s changing student body.

Facilitators: Jason Geary, DELTS
Date & Time: Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Session Mode: St. John’s Campus – face-to-face, Grenfell Campus – videoconference
Location:

St. John’s Campus – ED 2030B, Grenfell Campus – AS3023

Experience III

Title: Addressing Worrisome Student Behaviours from a Wellness Perspective
Description:

As faculty and instructional staff, we are often the first to witness worrisome behaviours exhibited by our students. What do we do? What resources are available at Memorial to assist our students who are struggling with wellness-related matters? How can we connect our students to these services?

During this session on responding to worrisome student behaviour we will explore the concept of student wellness using an ecological perspective, and how issues related to student wellness impact student’s lives, and ultimately their behaviour. Participants will actively discuss the potential impact of these behaviours on life in the classroom, and consider ways to assist students who are displaying worrisome, odd or otherwise problematic behaviour.

Facilitators: Jason Geary, DELTS; Darren Newton, Student Affairs and Services; Dr. Sarah Pickett, R. Psych, Faculty of Education
Date & Time: Thursday, December 5, 2013, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Session Mode: St. John’s Campus – face-to-face, Grenfell Campus – videoconference
Location:

St. John’s Campus – ED 2030B, Grenfell Campus – AS3023

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