Week 5 Pre-recorded Sessions
Each of the five weeks is focused on a different theme, looking at various aspects of a whole-college approach to inclusion. Below are a selection of pre-recorded presentations linked to our theme: “Welcome Everybody!” Universal Design for Learning in the Online Classroom.
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Online Jigsaw Method for Inclusive Teaching
- Jane Brennan, Enabling Transitions Schools Facilitator, IT Tralee
Jane Brennan Enabling Transitions Schools Facilitator, IT Tralee
Jane Brennan is the Enabling Transitions Facilitator for the SOAR project at IT Tralee. Enabling Transitions works with educators in the second level and further education systems to promote the independent learning skills of students, including those with disabilities, through the use of a range of appropriate technologies.
Jane is a teacher with experience in second level, further and higher education.
Siobhan Mac Garry IT Tralee
Siobhan Mac Garry co-ordinates the Service for Students with Learning Difference under whose remit the SOAR Enabling Transitions IT Tralee work stream operates. The Enabling Transitions project was conceived to address a gap long noted by the Service, notably that students with learning difference, in particular students from disadvantaged backgrounds, were presenting to the Institute with very limited or no prior exposure to how technology could support their literacy and learning . Siobhan devised the project plan to deal with this gap via a Train the Trainer approach.
Adapting a Peer Mentoring Programme for the Digital World
- Suzanne McCarthy, Educational Psychologist, Rehab Group / National Learning Network
Suzanne McCarthy Educational Psychologist, Rehab Group / National Learning Network
Suzanne has worked with the Rehab Group / NLN since 2003. She works in close partnership with a number of Higher Education Institutions (HEI’s), developing academic and well-being support services for students with learning, mental health, physical, and sensory disabilities. Suzanne develops protocols and procedures for supporting students with disabilities in conjunction with their respective learning provider. Suzanne has implemented incoming student screening models to validate early identification of learning support requirements for learners. She has assisted third-level institutions implement tailored universally designed learning services with positive measurable outcomes. She also delivers Continuous Professional Development (CPD) training to third-level staff, regularly presents research papers, and delivers guest lectures to post graduate education students in a number of different HEI’s. (B.A. Psych, HDip Ed., MA Professional Ed. Psych (PSI))
Aisling Creighton Assistant Psychologist, Rehab Group/ National Learning Network
Aisling Creighton has worked with Rehab Group / National Learning Network (NLN) in TU Dublin Blanchardstown since 2019. She works as part of a team of Educational Psychologists and Assistant Psychologists in the NLN, which is a holistic Educational Psychology Support Service available to all students on campus. Aisling works as an Assistant Psychologist in a multi-functional role, where one of her roles is to coordinate the Peer Mentoring Programme in the college. Aisling also supports students on a one-to-one basis who have learning, mental health, physical, and sensory disabilities.
No Disabled Need Apply: My Journey as a Disabled, International Student in Ireland
- Lindsey Pamlanye, International Partnerships Assistant, University College Dublin.
Lindsey Pamlanye International Partnerships Assistant, University College Dublin.
Lindsey moved to Dublin from New York to pursue an MSc in Equality Studies at University College Dublin. Her interests have blossomed from her lifetime journey with Hydrocephalus and Chronic Migraines. As a student, teacher, and program coordinator, who is both a service user and advocate for authentic inclusion, Lindsey works to explore gaps and opportunities to celebrate Disabled students contribution across all aspects of education. Her current focus involves promoting Disabled student participation in international programs through policy change.
Hearing the Voice of Disabled Staff, PhD and Postdocs with Disabilities in Trinity College Dublin
- Dr Vivian Rath, Trinity College Dublin
Dr Vivian Rath Trinity College Dublin
Vivian Rath has just completed his Ph.D research on the Social Engagement Experiences of Disabled Students in HE in Ireland. He is founder and convenor of the TCD Staff, PhD Disability Forum and TCD Equality Champion. An appointee to the IHREC Disability Advisory Committee he has a role in monitoring Ireland’s implementation of the UNCRPD. He is a member of the National Disability Inclusion Strategy Group which has a role in monitoring the implementation of the National Disability Inclusion Strategy. He is a lecturer in the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities.
Dr Patricia McCarthy Associate Research Fellow. Trinity College Dublin
Patricia McCarthy attended a special school for her primary and secondary education. She returned to education as a mature student completing a B.Soc.Sc in Sociology and Social Policy and an M.Soc. in UCD. Patricia recently graduated with a PhD from Trinity College Dublin. Her thesis focused on the educational experiences and transition opportunities of vision impaired people.
In 2014 Patricia was awarded a Post-doctoral bursary from the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin. She also supervises M.Ed. dissertations, gives occasional lectures and is actively involved in the research community within the School of Education, Trinity College Dublin.
Dr Clodagh Brook Associate Vice Provost for EDI and Associate Professor of Italian, Trinity College Dublin.
Clodagh Brook is Associate Vice Provost for EDI and an Associate Professor of Italian. Educated at the University of Oxford (D Phil) and at University College, Dublin (BA and MA), she took up her position at Trinity College in 2017. She is author of 3 monographs, including her latest, Screening Religions in Italy (University of Toronto Press, 2019), which assesses how religions, including Islamic minorities, access the public sphere in Italy (or don’t). She also leads on a large AHRC-funded grant, Interdisciplinary Italy 1900-2020: Interart/Intermedia, and has written widely on Italian cinema, culture and on identities.
Dutch National Network Student Welfare
- Joyce Van der Wegen, CINIOP
Joyce Van der Wegen CINIOP
Joyce is an expert in organizing inclusive education for young people with a mental or physical disability. In her projects she combines knowledge about psychology and the educational field to achieve her goals: embedding mental health in education by achieving concrete results and to bring about added social value. Joyce has a broad network in the educational field, experience in advocacy and political-administrative environments. Her expertise lies in creating a more inclusive higher education system. In each project, she strives for appropriate advice for those who the education is intended for: the student.
Judith is a senior researcher and consultant with a passion for inclusion and an experienced project manager, specialized in advice on the accessibility of (higher) education to students with physical, mental or chronical disabilities. As a project manager, Judith has 20 years of experience and knowledge about studying with a disability, flexible learning routes, Universal Design for Learning and the organization thereof. From vlogging students to scanning policy: Judith strives for accessible, flexible and inclusive higher education in her work. Judith is a well-spoken, kind discussion partner for colleagues, managers and education professionals, focused on delivering concrete results.
UDL, Coffee, Chats, and Knowledge Nibbles Building a Virtual UDL Social Network
- Cathy O' Kelly, Institute of Technology, Sligo
Cathy O' Kelly Institute of Technology, Sligo
Cathy O' Kelly is an experienced professional and academic, having tenure at The Institute of Technology, Sligo, Ireland, since 2000, specialising in Management, Professional Skills and Entrepreneurship.
Graduating with a BA from NUI Galway and an MA in European Business Studies from The University of Ulster, Cathy gained international experience working with the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, Morimura International Trading Company, New York City, USA., Bahrain Polytechnic, Kingdom of Bahrain and Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Cathy was a member of the Research and Development Team for the Irish Strategic Innovation Funded, Accelerating Campus Entrepreneurship (ACE) project. Current research interests include advancing problem based learning approaches to education, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and the use of technology in teaching.
Mairead McCann Institute of Technology, Sligo
Mairead McCann is a lecturer in the Institute of Technology, Sligo. Mairead teaches modules in People Management, Professional Skills and Transformational Change. Mairead has undertaken pedagogical research in Problem - Based Learning, Personal Development Planning and the challenges of lecturers migrating to tech-enabled classrooms. She is an elected member of the Academic Council and a member of the Learning, Teaching & Assessment and Planning & Co-ordination sub-committees of the Academic Council.
Mairead is currently undertaking a part-time PhD in the School of Arts, English and Languages in Queen's University of Belfast . Research interests include Critical Discourse Analysis and Stylistics.
The NICE Programme: Your Roadmap to Starting a Virtual Exchange
- Lindsey Pamlanye, International Partnerships Assistant, University College Dublin. Anna Creery, University of Edinburgh
Anna Creery University of Edinburgh
Anna Creery is the Projects Manager within the Study and Work Away Service in Edinburgh Global at the University of Edinburgh. She is currently responsible for the coordination and management of three KA 203 Strategic Partnership Projects focusing on bringing additional value to the student and staff experience. Anna has worked with international students for close to a decade, in differing capacities in both UK and Canadian institutions. She values the skills learned from international mobility (whether fully physical, fully virtual or blended), and is keen to provide new and exciting opportunities that fit a wide range of student needs.
Face-to-Face and Online Networks: Diverse doctoral candidates’ experiences?
- Maeve O' Regan, PhD researcher Trinity College Dublin
Maeve O' Regan PhD researcher Trinity College Dublin
Maeve is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with over 10 years of experience as a Student Learning Advisor in Trinity College Dublin. She is currently undertaking a part-time PhD in the School of Education in Trinity College Dublin Ireland (2016-to date). Her research title is ‘Networked in or networked out? Learners’ experiences of completing a PhD on a part-time basis in Ireland.’. Maeve has worked as a researcher in the Centre for Research and Innovation Management (CENTRIM) at the University of Brighton UK and as a Careers Advisor, predominantly for students with disabilities in Dublin City University. She is interested in higher education policy and student access. inclusion and success, particularly in relation to students who tend to have been overlooked in policy and practice, such as part-time doctoral candidates.