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Teacher in Kinsale receives top award

April 10th, 2019 10:23 AM

By Southern Star Team

Helena Farrell has been awarded the inaugural John Kelly Award for Universal Design for Teaching and Learning.

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A TEACHER at Kinsale College has won a major award for her innovative practices to encourage inclusive learning. 

Helena Farrell has been awarded the inaugural John Kelly Award for Universal Design for Teaching and Learning. She was shortlisted with two other candidates from third level colleges. 

Each candidate was invited to deliver a short presentation in front of judging panel at the AHEAD (Association for Higher Education Access and Disability) conference in Croke Park last month.

The judging panel recognised Helena’s achievement for being innovative in teaching and learning, incorporating activity-based teaching pedagogy and for embracing the Universal Design in Teaching and Learning teaching methodologies into her classes in Kinsale College. 

The John Kelly Award for Universal Design for Learning was launched in 2018 by AHEAD.

It recognises the innovative practice of teaching staff in further and higher education engaging with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to deliver a more inclusive learning experience for their students. 

It is targeted at practitioners who have demonstrated their commitment to the UDL method.

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