Webinar 8 - Looking to the future: framing the next decade of universal design for learning implementation in higher education

 a lamp and innovative ideas with the title of the webinar ‘Towards Genuinely Inclusive Universities’ An international perspective on best practices in the implementation of universal design

Webinar 8 - Looking to the future: framing the next decade of universal design for learning implementation in higher education
Thursday, 1 July 2021, 15.30 – 17.00 CET

It has already become clear from the many cases in this webinar series, that UDL offers a convenient framework to design inclusive classes that embrace the needs of an increasingly diverse student population. This SIHO webinar series will conclude with recommendations to improve the institutional and systems capacity of the post-secondary sector as it strives to become more inclusive. These recommendations will - in part - be illustrated with concrete actions from the Support Centre for Inclusive Higher Education (SIHO), a national body supporting policy makers and universities to increasingly implement UDL principles in policy and practice.

Target Audience

This webinar series will be of interest to institutional leaders, service providers, academic staff, researchers, scholars, and students interested in the implementation of UDL. The objectives of the series is to offer participants the opportunity to deepen their reflection around UDL implementation and to encourage them to develop sustainable institutional policies and practices in this area. Each webinar includes its own specific participant outcomes.

Targeted participant outcomes

  • Participants will reflect on the progress achieved over the last decade towards UDL implementation and the development of inclusive practices in the higher education classroom;
  • Participants will consider and identify remaining challenges;
  • Participants will frame calls for action in relation to inclusive practices in the higher education classroom, both globally in terms of the field as a whole, and more specifically with regards to their own professional context.


Valérie Van Hees is the coordinator of Support Centre Inclusive Higher Education (Belgium) and has accumulated over 20 years of experience in the field of policy and inclusion in higher education. At SIHO, she forms a bridge between policy and practice on a daily basis, being a point of contact for both the Flemish Government and higher education staff to support the implementation of inclusion measures in policies and practices.

Frederic Fovet is Associate Professor, School of Education and Technology at Royal Roads University (Canada). Fovet is an inclusion specialist with a specific interest in emotional and behavioural difficulties (EBD), critical pedagogy and universal design for learning (UDL). Fovet also has a strong grounding in Disability Studies, and has served as a teacher and principal in schools with a focus on the successful inclusion of students with EBD.


All webinars are free of charge and registration will be open up to the start of each webinar. All webinars will be recorded and published on the website and video channels of SIHO.