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UDL Call for Proposals

Due: March 1, 2024

The theme for the Universal Design for Learning in Higher Education is
NO Labels, NO Limits: Exploring the Power of UDL.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about significant disruptions to the education landscape, highlighting the need for flexible, adaptable, and inclusive approaches to teaching and learning. Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a framework that promotes the creation of learning environments accessible to all students, has emerged as a powerful tool for addressing the diverse needs of learners in the post-pandemic era.

This conference will explore the transformative potential of UDL in fostering equitable and inclusive education in the post-pandemic world. Renowned experts and educators will share their insights and experiences, providing practical strategies and guidance for implementing UDL principles across a range of educational settings.

The focus is on applying the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework in ways that move us away from deficit-minded approaches to asset-based approaches in our inclusive practice. Successful conference proposals will describe how faculty, staff, or administration critically reassess their own practices and come together to take responsibility for the success of all learners.

Join us as we explore the transformative power of Universal Design for Learning in shaping a more equitable and inclusive educational landscape for all learners in the post-pandemic era. Together, we can build a brighter future for education, one that embraces the diverse needs and aspirations of all students. We invite you to submit conference proposals that showcase how you are implementing asset-based approaches in your practice. We look forward to seeing you at Goodwin University on September 27, 2024!

Karrie Morin
Dr. Lisa Wisniewski

Conference Co-Chairs
Goodwin University
East Hartford, CT

Tell Us About Yourself
Tell Us About Your Proposal

Submission deadline is March 1, 2024!
Please use the form for your cover sheet and proposal.

 Interactive Workshop
 Research Presentation

Be sure to include the following information in the submission form:

  • Lead Presenter: Please include the following information for the lead presenter. This person has responsibility for contacting co-presenters.
    • Full Name (as you would like it to appear in the program)
    • Affiliation (i.e., the name of college or agency spelled out in full)
    • City and State
    • Email
    • Phone
  • Co-Presenters: For sessions where there is more than one presenter, please include the following information for each person.
    • Full Name (as you would like it to appear in the program)
    • Affiliation (i.e., the name of college or agency spelled out in full)
    • City and State
    • Email

Use a descriptive title. Your title should be specific enough so proposal reviewers, and eventually conference attendees consulting the program, know what you will discuss.

Provide a brief overview of the proposed session. Your abstract will be used in the conference program. Be sure to use words and phrases that best describe your session so conference attendees consulting the program know what you will discuss. Use UDL guideline and checkpoint language so proposal reviewers know precisely what you plan to present and discuss. Your narrative should be well-organized, clearly written, and focused on answers to the following questions.

  • What do you plan to present?
  • How will you present the information?
  • Who are the learners (e.g., students, faculty, staff, administrators)?
  • What is the context (e.g., classroom, student services, faculty development)?
  • What were the barriers, the questions of practice you addressed?
  • Why were they barriers?
  • What UDL guideline(s) did you apply to the remove or reduce the barriers and why?
  • What did it the UDL solution look like?
  • What were the results of applying the identified UDL guideline(s)?

List the specific UDL guidelines. List the specific UDL guidelines (2-3) that you will address during the session. The UDL guidelines can be found at udlguidelines.cast.org.

Provide an APA style reference. Include an APA style reference list for any citations used in the session description.