Lightning 2.3: Capturing The Student Voice to Effect Real Change
Engaged research describes a range of research approaches and methodologies that share a common interest in collaborative engagement with the community. It aims to improve, understand or investigate an issue of public interest or concern, including societal challenges. Importantly, engaged research is advanced with community partners rather than for or about them.
Over the last five years, The Library of Trinity College Dublin has worked alongside the academic community to improve the lived experience of students with disabilities through several initiatives. A user experience approach, whereby students with disabilities have played a central role in shaping research design has been crucial to the success of these collaborations.
This presentation will describe the research process that has led to several outputs including a peer reviewed article co-authored by students with intellectual disabilities and a flagship project to improve the Library’s sensory environment. It will also share preliminary findings of a collaboration between The Library, an academic department, The Trinity Inclusive Curriculum Project and The Disability Service to embed UDL principles and practices.
Additional Resources/Further Reading
Improving the university library experience of students with intellectual disabilities: a case study from an Irish institution
Library Supports for Students with Disabilities