FLO Lab: Fostering Inclusive Learning Environments – The Synergy of Generative Artificial Intelligence and Universal Design for Learning

About the Webinar

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Join us for this engaging and free three-hour Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) workshop introducing you to the dynamic intersection of generative artificial intelligence (GenAI) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a synergy poised to revolutionize educational accessibility and inclusivity. You will explore the fundamentals of UDL, an educational framework designed to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn. You will also explore the transformative power of GenAI technologies in creating adaptive, personalized learning experiences meeting the varied needs of learners.

Through interactive sessions, case studies, and hands-on activities, you will uncover practical strategies and tools to effectively implement GenAI and UDL principles within your educational practices. This workshop aims to empower you with the knowledge and skills to create learning environments where every student can thrive, fostering a culture of inclusivity and accessibility through the innovative use of technology.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify the core principles of Universal Design for Learning and how they can be applied to create inclusive learning environments.
  • Recognize the potential of GenAI technologies in enhancing educational content and practices.
  • Articulate the value of integrating GenAI into a UDL framework, specifically discussing at least two benefits of GenAI-UDL integration for enhancing inclusion and accessibility in educational settings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to incorporate at least one GenAI-based tool or technique into a lesson plan aligning with UDL principles

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This notice is to inform you that this session will be recorded, archived, and made available publicly on BCcampus.ca. By participating in this session, you acknowledge that your participation in this session will be recorded and the recording will be made available openly.

About the Facilitators

Your FLO facilitators for this lab will be Lucas Wright and Afsaneh Sharif.

Lucas Wright (he/his) is a senior education consultant at the University of British Columbia (UBC). With over 14 years of experience, he specializes in learning technology and design, particularly in the application of GenAI. His background includes a Master of Arts in Adult Education from UBC and certifications in digital storytelling, instructional skills, and online learning. His goal is to enhance teaching and learning by integrating GenAI to foster dynamic and innovative learning environments.

Afsaneh Sharif (she/her) has over two decades of experience in higher education and she is currently serving as a senior project manager and faculty liaison at the University of British Columbia. Her expertise lies in project management and learning design, particularly within the sphere of online learning. She holds a PhD in knowledge management, concentrating on enhancing the quality of online education programs. Her role involves applying research findings to develop effective educational strategies, striving to uphold the highest standards in digital and online learning and other modalities. Additionally, she is a co-chair of at the B.C. Digital Learning Advisory Committee within the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills. She has wide-ranging interests including promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion; improving quality; ensuring accessibility; advancing online learning; fostering community practice; advocating for open education; and implementing UDL principles. Lately, her focus has shifted towards investigating the potential and challenges of GenAI in the educational sector.