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Assistive Technology (AT) and Customised Learning

Remote learning has brought a mix of new opportunities and new barriers for students with disabilities in accessing education like never before. But more and more, students are understanding how they can use both mainstream and assistive technologies to customise and streamline their learning experience, giving them more control, independence and agency.

Equally, educators are understanding the importance of promoting good technology use by students within their programmes and realising the part they have to play in providing materials which students can engage with successfully using their own technologies.

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Pre-recorded Sessions and Poster

Pre-recorded Sessions and Poster

Week 2 Pre-Record 1

  1. ExS: Helping Students in Higher Education Develop their Executive Functioning Skills
    Kristin Horan, Lecturer, Shannon College of Hotel Management Orla Cullinane, Lecturer, Shannon College of Hotel Management Loraine Kavanagh, Lecturer, Shannon College of Hotel Management

Week 2 Pre-Record 2

  1. Harnessing Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) for the Sales Apprenticeship
    Siobhan Magner, National Programme Manager for the Sales Apprenticeship, Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education and Training Board (MSLETB) Edel Gavan, Technology Enhanced Learning Coordinator, Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education and Training Board Lorraine Devaney, Mayo Sligo Leitrim Education and Training Board

Week 2 Pre-Record 3

  1. Mainstream Technology Solutions - Levelling the Playing Field for Vision Impaired Users
    Daniel Dunne, Assistive Technology Trainer, National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI). Cian O'Toole, Leaving Certificate Student, St Joseph's Secondary School

Week 2 Poster 1

  1. Meaningful and Peer Supported Virtual Work Placements for Young Students in Transition Year
    Edel Doherty, Children and Young Person's Team, National Council for the Blind Ireland Clare Kennelly, CEO, Inclusive World Training Shane Earley, Student

Thursday 15th April

Thursday 15th April

15.00-16.00 - Week 2 Keynote (Live Only)

  1. A Bicycle for the Mind: How Technology Can Empower All Learners for Success
    Luis Pérez Ph.D., Technical Assistance Specialist, National Center on Accessible Educational Materials at CAST

16.00 to 16.30 Reconnection Space (Live Only)

  1. A meeting space to join for unstructured networking and chat with other conference participants. Meet new colleagues and build your inclusive community

Friday 16th April

Friday 16th April

14:00-15:20 - Parallel 1: Themed Presentations (Live and Recorded)

  1. Learning With a Little Help From my Friends: Inclusive and Structured Peer Assisted Learning (PAL) Programmes Through the Lens of UDL
    Nevan Bermingham, Lecturer, TU Dublin Paul Geoghegan, Undergraduate Student, Technological University Dublin
  2. A Whole-Systems Holistic Approach to Designing an Enabling Higher Education Setting for All
    Dr Klavdija Zorec, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Dublin City University
  3. Opportunities and Challenges of Assistive Technology during the COVID-19 Pandemic
    Aoife McNicholl, PhD Candidate, Dublin City University

14:00-15:20 - Parallel 2: Themed Presentations (Live and Recorded)

  1. Study Tools for All: Is it Time to Rename Assistive Technology?
    Piers Wilkinson, Higher Education and Student Partnerships Coordinator, Diversity and Ability Charlie Wood, Higher Education Relations Lead, Diversity and Ability David Mooney, Senior Inclusive Consultant and SpLD Tutor, Imperial College London
  2. Supporting Students Online: Inclusive Digital Learning with Blackboard Ally at NUI Galway
    Kate Molloy, National University of Ireland, Galway Cameron Keighron, PhD Candidate, National University of Ireland, Galway Jane Ennis, National University of Ireland, Galway
  3. Is Assistive Technology Everyone’s Business?
    Trevor Boland, Dublin City University

15.30-16.30 Weekly Close and Reflection (Live Only)

  1. A facilitated dialogue on the Week 2 conference theme and a space to discuss the issues and questions raised.
    Dr Marian McCarthy, Vice President Emerita Teaching and Learning, University College Cork Dr Vivian Rath, National Disabled Postgraduate Advisory Committee


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