Project Wraps Up
Overall impact on student learning 'impressive'
Teaching Support Services (TSS) is marking the completion
of U of G's two-year Universal Instructional Design (UID)
Project by hosting an event to celebrate the project's successes
and share its results. The event runs Oct. 29 from 3:30
to 5 p.m. in Room 442 of the University Centre, with a formal
program beginning at 4 p.m. Anyone interested in attending
should RSVP to Ext. 53571 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funded by the Ontario government's Learning Opportunities
Task Force and conducted through TSS, the UID Project was
designed to give all students equal access to learning,
regardless of possible disability, learning preference or
The project provided faculty from widely ranging disciplines
with course development grants and access to design and
technical expertise through TSS.
"It's been a wonderful experience - a real whirlwind
of activity," says Jaellayna Palmer, project manager.
"The range seen in some of the tools and activities
developed as a result of the project was remarkable. In
some cases, entire courses were redesigned. In other instances,
the changes were more modest. In all cases, the overall
impact on student learning was impressive."
The activities or course components developed included
case studies, quizzes, self-evaluation tools, supported-learning-group
activities, simulations, website development, course notes,
graphics and self-directed learning tools and tutorials.
Larger projects included equipment to enhance learning and
even a complete redesign of a teaching laboratory to better
accommodate varying learning styles and needs, including
those of students with a range of disabilities.
As the project progressed, UID generated much interest
off campus as well, says Palmer. Universities, colleges,
governments and professional organizations invited her to
showcase the project at more than 25 conferences and speaking
engagements as far afield as Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax
and Palm Springs.
For more deatils about the UID Project, visit the website