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GPTK702 - Perspectives on university teaching for neurodiverse learners

The number of students who present with specific learning difficulties and developmental learning disorders at universities in Quebec is on the rise. Many of these students, including those presenting with dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit (hyperactivity) disorder and dyspraxia, can be grouped under the modern umbrella term Neurodiversity.

This 2-hour workshop aims to provide attendees with a deeper understanding of the brain mechanisms underlying different sensory processing of learning materials by students belonging to the groups mentioned above. Specifically, participants will gain insight into the perceptual processing of written materials and visuals by individuals with dyslexia. Further, this workshop will address why certain practical methods can be of great help to neurodiverse learners, and how these can be integrated with Concordia’s “feedforward” learning and teaching approach.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, you will be able to:
• understand the neurodiversity framework and the brain mechanisms underlying the disorders it includes
• understand the neural processes leading neurodiverse students with learning disorders and different needs to learn differently
• demonstrate knowledge on specific “bottlenecks” as well as strengths of the brains of neurodiverse learners
• take away a portfolio of practical methods that you can use in the classroom to facilitate the learning of neurodiverse students

Leaders Information

This workshop will be led by Leon Franzen.

This workshop is not scheduled at this time.
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