Diversity, accessing ability, and LIS education practices

Clayton Copeland, Kim Thompson

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All learners have varying needs/abilities. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and “designing for diversity” employ a variety of instructional methods to eliminate barriers to learning and offer all students opportunities for learning success. Moreover, by allowing students to “see” the impact of social structure on realities, they impact and effect change toward inclusive societies that are designed by their own diversities. This presentation draws upon examples from LIS courses in Australia and the US to provide perspectives and examples of how to build a “diversity mind-set” in LIS courses and curricula.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 24 Oct 2019
EventThe Association for Library and Information Science Education 2019 Conference : 2019 ALISE - Knoxville Convention Center, Knoxville, United States
Duration: 24 Sep 201926 Sep 2019


ConferenceThe Association for Library and Information Science Education 2019 Conference
Abbreviated titleExploring Learning in a Global Information Context
Country/TerritoryUnited States
OtherAll around the world, future information professionals are exploring a diverse range of topics in the LIS field. Our focus on teaching and learning must account for this global context. How are our colleagues around the world wrestling with the challenges that we face in LIS? Are there lessons we can learn from each other?

The 2019 ALISE conference is intended to encourage engagement across the globe from those in library and information science, as well as those in a wide variety of cognate fields who wish to share their vision for education, for teaching and learning, for pedagogy, and for research through an international lens.

The 2019 ALISE conference will be held in Knoxville, Tennessee, a gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The city is known for the research-intensive University of Tennessee and boasts a thriving arts community and downtown district.

Check back frequently for more information and updates regarding the 2019 ALISE conference. We hope to see you in Knoxville for a dynamic and engaging meeting.
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