Library Instruction West 2020
Seattle, Washington
July 22-24
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Friday, July 24 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Empowering Students to Learn Their Way: Making Library Instruction Accessible to All With Universal Design for Learning

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Often within Libraries, we instinctively provide inclusive instruction, but sometimes we may be missing groups of students with invisible disabilities, learning disabilities, or other different learning styles because their challenges are not immediately apparent. With the number of people with disabilities on the rise in the United States, colleges and universities are enrolling more students with disabilities and different learning styles. Because of this shift, we are now seeing a more diverse group of students in our library classrooms, whether that diversity is visible or invisible. Due to this increase, potentially those fun, engaging, and interactive lessons that we eagerly plan for our students may now not be as inclusive as we hope they are. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) promotes accessibility in the classroom by helping instructors design lessons to be accessible for the widest range of abilities. While these changes are becoming more commonplace in the higher education classroom, library instruction is not paying as much active attention to incorporating UDL principles as it should. Incorporating elements of UDL into library instruction helps students choose how they wish to engage with information literacy. Small changes in the way we teach information literacy can yield big results. This workshop will briefly teach participants about the major concepts of UDL and how it can be applied to information literacy instruction, then give participants the time and tools to start re-designing activities and lesson plans to ensure that they are providing equitable access to information literacy to all their students.


Samantha Peter

Instructional Design Librarian, University of Wyoming
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Kristina Clement

Student Success Librarian, University of Wyoming

Friday July 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:45am AST
MGH 295 (Seats 35)

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