USJ Receives $125,000 from the Davis Educational Foundation for Innovative Classroom Learning

Faculty and students at the University of Saint Joseph (USJ) are benefitting from two grants received from the Davis Educational Foundation established by Stanton and Elisabeth Davis after Mr. Davis’s retirement as chairman of Shaw’s Supermarkets, Inc.

A grant for $96,970 will be disbursed over three years for 36 USJ professors (nearly 25% of all faculty) to attend a seven-workshop series on Universal Design for Learning (UDL), in collaboration with the Goodwin Institute for Learning Innovation. Faculty are trained in incorporating UDL principles into the courses they teach and the USJ culture as a whole, thus increasing accessibility to educational activities for students of all abilities.

The development of an Active Learning Classroom facility with new furnishings and educational technology further helps faculty put the principles into practice. For example, professors may expand the variety of formats they use to present information with greater accessibility by adding interactive apps to their regular lectures.

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