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(U11 - VSS) Infusing UDL Across Campus: Lessons from Bronco STAR at Fayetteville State University (30 minutes)

Presenter:  Dr. Emily Lenning, Fayetteville State University

Abstract: Bronco STAR is a program at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina that is just one branch of a larger program called College STAR (Supporting Transition, Access, and Retention), which seeks to assist students with learning differences through targeted support, tutoring, and academic success coaching and encourage faculty and staff to redesign their curriculum and services to compliment the principles of Universal Design for Learning. In 2015, over thirty faculty and staff members from around the campus joined together in learning communities with the shared goal of implementing a new “UDL friendly” technique in their classrooms.  This session describes the process of introducing UDL at FSU, recruiting and retaining learning community members, and supporting faculty and staff in class/space redesign.  There will also be time devoted to sharing the ways that faculty and staff incorporated UDL, and to discuss challenges experienced by the learning communities and Bronco STAR team.

Audience: Faculty, Course and instructional designers, Policy administrators, Student service staff

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn strategies and techniques for becoming UDL leaders on their campus and for infusing UDL throughout the curriculum and services provided to students.
  • Participants will understand the benefits and challenges that faculty and staff face related to course and unit redesigns.
  • Participants will learn about the various ways UDL can be incorporated on their own campuses by learning from the work that is being done by faculty and staff at FSU.

Biography: Dr. Emily Lenning is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Fayetteville State University, where she also serves as the Director of Faculty Development for Bronco STAR, a program that assists students with learning differences and supports faculty and staff who wish to incorporate the principles of UDL into their curriculum and services.  She has presented workshops on a variety of pedagogical advances and co-teaches FSU’s 16 week Faculty Development Seminar for new faculty with the Provost.  During her tenure at FSU she has earned five teaching awards, including FSU’s highest honor as the 2014-2015 Teacher of the Year. 

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Updated January 13, 2016 by Student & Academic Services