In this session, participants will learn about the Goodwin College job-embedded professional program for faculty related to the application of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to curricula and instruction. The PD has three main goals: (a) increase participants’ knowledge and skills related to the implementation of UDL; (b) create a local model of professional development that would effectively meet the students’ needs; and (c) increase student engagement and mastery of course-level student-learning outcomes.
The College has trained 28 faculty members, with another 15 currently in training. Participation in the professional learning was voluntary and faculty had to apply to participate. The first two cohorts were launched in May 2017 (n = 15) and in January 2018 (n = 13); a third cohort (n =15) began in January 2019. Each cohort was comprised of full- and part-time faculty representing multiple departments and disciplines, providing for multiple perspectives and sources of knowledge. Faculty members have completed a series of seven to eight face-to-face, three-hour workshops spaced over approximately seven months. Participants will learn about the expected and unexpected benefits, such as the anticipated benefits in the classroom, increased faculty engagement, satisfaction, and scholarship, as well how to create a similar model.