Active Learning and Inclusion module acknowledges the ongoing changes that are happening regarding education and the move to more online approaches to learning.

Course Overview

The module (EDU22000) introduces two very important issues (Active Digital Education [ADE] and Universal Design for Learning [UDL]) that, in combination, can lead to learning that is more exciting and engaging and where different approaches can be used to demonstrate learning in module assessments.

ADE recognises that online learning needs to be less static and be more active and engaging to ensure successful learning.  UDL recognises that everyone learns in different ways and that there needs to be choice in how knowledge is represented and produced for module assignments.

This is an exciting and innovative new module that will empower the learner to have more input into their learning and assessments.  The module is designed for the diversity of learners that are enrolled across all our programmes of study today – sharing the philosophies and values of inclusion as espoused in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Specifically, this module will provide learners with a critical introduction to the principles and practices of Universal Design (UD) and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) - as understood in relation to Active Digital Education (ADE).

The module offers an introduction to the thinking behind UDL as a means to achieve inclusive educational and personal experiences from the “get-go”.  That is, the module will advance the argument that “inclusion is everybody’s business”, and will encourage the learner to advocate for themselves and others regarding inclusive approaches to learning.

Learners will be introduced to the history of inclusive practice in educational environments, its foundation in the philosophical traditions, and its current contribution to contemporary theoretical and applied fields.  The learner will be guided through the evolution of design for inclusion in both physical and online education, from its historical and social roots in disability and equality theories, to the current approaches to online learning.

In particular, learners will consider the similarities and differences between the ways in which different learners understand the nuances of inclusion in education.  This module is designed to be a catalyst for discourse and to examine learning experiences that are truly transformational for learners and society at large.

The module provides learners with an understanding as to how an approach that draws from equality based inclusive educational environments can enable them, as contemporary learners, to become agents of change in the advancement of the United Nations’ SDGs, Trinity’s global ambitions (e.g., TCD Graduate Attributes), and the philosophies that underpin them.

By participating in this module, learners will develop a critical understanding of the foundational concepts of UDL and ADE, as well as the competence and confidence to advocate for a learning environment that can be inclusive for the great diversity of learners.  In essence, they will also develop the capability to be resilient in managing their own learning journey – both now and in the future.

For further information, please contact: Dr Aoife Lynam,