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Panel discussion: Designing Inclusive Assessment with Neurodiversity in mind?

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“Neurodiversity refers to the virtually infinite neuro-cognitive variability within Earth’s human population. It points to the fact that every human has a unique nervous system with a unique combination of abilities and needs.” - Neurodiverity Hub 2021.

Neurodiversity points beyond those who self-identify as belonging to a diversity community, which broadens the way we understand diversity in our cohorts. This means that when we develop Inclusive Assessment that addresses challenges for a few, we end up positively impacting many more learners than we might imagine. In this session we put current research around Inclusive Assessment design into dialogue with Indigenous Knowledges the concept of neurodiversity and explore the implications this holds for interactions in all our learning environments. This panel discussion will be held as a dialogue between Dr Joanna Tai, Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Dr Jessamy Gleeson, NIKERI Institute and guest academic and neurodiversity specialist Dr Beth Radulski from LaTrobe University .

* Please note our Hackathon will follow this session on the 20th August 2021. If you have any concerns about registering please email inclusive-education@deakin.edu.au.

Bio: Joanna Tai is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning, Deakin University. Her interests include student perspectives on learning and assessment from university to the workplace, peer learning, feedback and assessment literacy, developing capacity for evaluative judgement and research synthesis

Bio: Dr Jessamy Gleeson (Indigenous Studies) Jessamy is a senior lecturer at Deakin's NIKERI Institute, where she is an Assoicate Director (Teaching & Learning), and the course director of the Graduate Diploma of Indigenous Research. Jessamy is actively involved in curriculum development for several Indigenous studies units, with a particular interest in engaging students from across Deakin's wider cohort in Indigenous Knowledges.

Bio: Beth Radulski is an Autism and Neurodiversity activist, and the first openly Autistic Autism researcher at La Trobe University. She is completing a PhD on Autistic masking—defined as the purposeful concealment of Autistic traits—and the Neurodiversity Movement. Beth is La Trobe’s first Project Officer: Neurodiversity in the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Students, where she uses her research background to increase educational accessibility and acceptance for Neurodiverse student and staff cohorts. Beth regularly advocates for Neurodiversity acceptance through public speaking, online articles, and media activism. Beth is also the founder of a Neurodiversity consultancy, Advocate Neurodiversity, where her work focusses on assisting and guiding individuals, businesses, and educational institutions as they work to neurodiversify their people and practices.

Bio: Prof Margaret Bearman is a Research Professor within the Centre for Research in Assessment and Digital Learning (CRADLE), Deakin University. She holds a first class honours degree in computer science and a PhD in medical education. Over the course of her career researching higher and clinical education, Margaret has written over 100 publications and regularly publishes in the highest ranked journals in her fields. Recognition for her work, includes Program Innovation awards from the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching and Simulation Australasia. Margaret’s interests include: assessment/feedback, digital education, and sociomateriality.

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