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Accessible Learning is an important workshop that is presented in response to the educator training requirement under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). Beyond Carleton’s compliance with the AODA, it will provide you with critical insight and strategies to enrich your teaching and create more inclusive and accessible learning environments.

Accessible Learning is about variability and flexibility in pedagogical perspectives, realizing equity as excellence in teaching practices, and efforts to reduce the reliance on out-of-class accommodations. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Understanding various barriers to learning
  • Examining personal pedagogical conceptions
  • Incorporating instructional models to promote accessibility
  • Planning for accommodations
  • Hearing from students and faculty about their experiences

Presented by the Educational Development Centre (EDC) in partnership with the Paul Menton Centre, Accessible Learning is an example of collaboration among different units at Carleton, with a number of faculty members, instructors, students, and staff contributing to the workshop through a series of videos, including:

  • Roseann O’Reilly Runte, President and Vice-Chancellor.
  • Joy Mighty, Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning).
  • Adrian Chan, Associate Professor, Systems and Computer Engineering.
  • Vincent Kazmierski, Assistant Professor, Law and Legal Studies.
  • Guy Lacroix, Associate Professor, Psychology.
  • Dominique Marshall, Professor, History.
  • Claire Samson, Professor and Chair, Earth Sciences.
  • Mark Blenkinsop, Instructor in Mathematics.
  • Angela Digout Erhardt, Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer in Psychology.
  • Pamela Wolff, Instructor in Chemistry, Director of Integrated Science Institute.
  • Larry McCloskey, Director, Paul Menton Centre.
  • John Meissner, Clinical Psychologist, Manager FITA Program.
  • Jessica Gunnell, Disabilities Coordinator, Paul Menton Centre.
  • Current and former Carleton students with disabilities on personal academic experiences, barriers to learning, and accessibility in courses.

The workshop is facilitated by Boris Vukovic, a Carleton alumnus and Disabilities Specialist at the PMC, with a doctorate in Educational Psychology focused on inclusive postsecondary practices from McGill University. Boris has presented for a number of years on accessibility in learning environments and brings to the workshop undergraduate and graduate teaching experience and in-depth knowledge of relevant theory and research.

Please consider signing up for one of the upcoming workshop dates:

  • November 16th, 1:00-3:00 pm, at the Educational Development Centre, room 422DT.
  • February 13th, 1:00-3:00 pm, at the Educational Development Centre, room 422DT.

Accessible Learning workshop is a first step in the development of a broad and ambitious Accessible Education strategy at Carleton University spearheaded by the READ Initiative, PMC, and EDC. We hope you will take advantage of this unique educational development opportunity and contribute to Carleton’s emerging role as a leader in accessibility research and practice.