UCD Law student’s webinar on inclusivity in digital learning

Congratulations to Aoibhínn Gilmartin, final year Law with Social Justice who recently organised a webinar entitled: ‘Inclusivity in Digital Learning: Student Perspectives’ (view here).

Aoibhinn is a student intern on the Irish Universities Association’s project, ‘Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning Project. As part of this project, she organised the webinar where students from different universities share their perspectives on having a disability and what it means in terms of accessing learning materials.

Aoibhinn has also written the blog post below about her experience on the project.

Aoibhínn Gilmartin’s Blog:

‘I am currently the UCD student intern on the Irish Universities Association’s project, ‘Enhancing Digital Teaching and Learning Project. This project  is aimed at enhancing the digital attributes and educational experiences of Irish university students through enabling the mainstreamed and integrated use of digital technologies across the teaching and learning process.  Due to the switch to online learning the project temporarily re-focused to support a move to a more blended approach to teaching and learning in the academic year 2020/21.

My role has involved both projects within UCD and national initiatives with the IUA. I have worked on reviewing the new UCD Virtual Orientation module and I have been responsible for curating digital resources for students to help facilitate the switch to online learning.

Most recently I was involved in co-hosting a webinar ran by the IUA, ‘Inclusivity in Digital Learning: Student Perspectives’. This webinar focused on both the challenges and possibilities that online learning has posed to students with disabilities. Our speakers illustrated ways in which online learning can enhance inclusivity and can help students to overcome various barriers to higher education in the future if these inclusive practices are maintained. This webinar was widely attended and received very positive feedback and hopefully it will have an impact on inclusivity in higher education in a post-Covid learning environment.’