Prof. David and Dr. Cathy Trains UB Lecturers to Teach Students with Disabilities

Lecturer training participants teach disabled students together with speakers.

The Center for Inclusive Education Development (P3I) under the Education Development Institute (LPP) held training for lecturers teaching students with disabilities for one day on November 15 2023. The training was held in the LPP Microteaching room, Joint Services Building, Brawijaya University.

This training aims to equip Brawijaya University lecturers with practical knowledge to design learning outcomes and assessments for students with disabilities based on Universal Design Learning (UDL) principles. Thirty-five lecturers across faculties at Brawijaya University took part in the training as participants.

Present at this training was Prof. David Evans and Dr. Cathy Little from the University of Sydney, Australia. Prof David is Professor of Special and Inclusive Education while Dr Cathy is Chair, Initial Teacher Education, and Senior Lecturer in Special Education. These two speakers are experts in Special and Inclusive Education.

The training was officially opened by the Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Prof. Dr. Ir. Imam Santoso, M.P. accompanied by the Chair of LPP, Prof. Dr. Dr. Loeki Enggar Fitri M.Kes., Sp.ParK.

In his speech, Prof. Imam said that the interesting thing about this training was the material for designing learning outcomes and assessments that were tailored to the learning needs of both students with disabilities and students without disabilities.

“The design must be universal, meaning there is no differentiation in learning for all students. Another important thing that needs to be considered is that the learning environment must be designed to be inclusive and accessible to support the teaching and learning process and academic life.” he added.

The presenter was very interactive and communicative in delivering his material, inviting the participants to ask the presenter several relevant questions.

Overall, this training is considered successful and is expected to provide new insights, especially for Brawijaya University lecturers as pioneers of Inclusive Universities to design appropriate learning outcomes and assessments to accommodate the learning needs of students with disabilities. (Jdk/WDD/UB PR/ Trans. Iir)