Teaching and Advising Program Workshop Series

“Pedagogy That Meets the Needs of a Diverse Range of Learners”


The Office of the Dean of the Faculty is pleased to offer “Pedagogy That Meets the Needs of a Diverse Range of Learners,” a workshop series that will focus on strategies of instruction that can facilitate the learning of all students, but which are especially important for non-traditional learners and for those with diagnosed learning disabilities. Each workshop will convey research-based material from the fields of neuroscience and education and offer information on approaches for differentiating instruction, while maintaining academic rigor. A $500 honorarium will be provided to participants. The workshop series will be limited to about a dozen Amherst faculty members. Faculty who are interested in participating in this series should email Austin Sarat. He is happy to answer questions about the program.

 Workshop Schedule

Friday, October 23, 2015 & Friday, December 11, 2015
Porter Lounge
2:00-4:00 p.m.
"From Theory to Practice –UDL Implementation in Higher Education"

In the first two sessions, faculty will gain a broad understanding of UDL and how it provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments. In addition, faculty will explore how UDL is not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather provides flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for all. In addition, faculty will learn about the UDL guidelines and checkpoints by applying them to their own curriculum goals, materials, methods and assessments. We will explore UDL implementation strategies and research with a focus on practical ways to design courses for all. 

Friday, February 19, 2015
Porter Lounge
2:00-4:00 p.m.
"Digging Deeper: Making Courses at Amherst 'Smart from the Start'"

Faculty will learn how to innovative curriculum through creative UDL-based instructional design by analyzing a specific course they teach. By the end of this session, faculty will know how to integrate practical UDL-based resources into their syllabus and curriculum planning process to meet the needs of all students. 

Friday, March 25, 2015
Porter Lounge
2:00-4:00 p.m.
"UDL in the Amherst Classroom: Meeting Learner Variability through Instructional Practice"

In this final session, faculty will develop creative UDL-based implementation strategies to redesign assignments and instructional practice. In addition, faculty will formulate new ways to maximize the mastery of learning in their classroom and through their LMS.



Elizabeth Hartmann, Assistant Professor of Education at Lasell College and former UDL Postdoctoral Fellow at CAST and Boston College, will be facilitating these workshops. She enjoys teaching about UDL by modeling it in her practice. Her research explores how pre-service teachers understand and implement the UDL framework. She is also a licensed special educator and teacher of children with visual impairments and deaf-blindness.

In addition, Liz is a member of the  CAST Professional Learning UDL Cadre which is focused on continuous improvement through professional learning and assists CAST in scaling and supporting UDL implementation at the state, district, college and university, school and classroom levels. The UDL Cadre represents the broadest spectrum of talent available and is the “premiere” group for providing professional learning services on CAST’s behalf. As a cadre member, Liz brings her expertise to disseminating the UDL message to HE faculty.


PhD, Special Education, The University of California, Berkeley, with San Francisco State University

MEd, Special Education, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA


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