Day 1 Block 3 Session 2: Learning Strategy Support to Reduce Barriers for Students with Disabilities

Creative Workshop Session
3:00 PM, Monday 17 May 2021 EDT (1 hour)
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The growing number of students with disabilities in higher education is a sign of significant progress towards equity (Faggella-Luby et al., 2019, p. 63). However, considerable access and retention barriers prevent students with disabilities from completing their programs successfully (Garrison-Wade, 2012). Several studies have identified that students enter post-secondary without the skills necessary for academic success in the post-secondary learning environment (Faggella-Luby et al., 2019).

Teaching learning strategies in writing, reading, testing, and mastery of information has been proven to improve students' academic outcomes (Zeng, Ju, and Hord, 2018). Teaching these skills also leads to self-awareness, self-efficacy, and self-advocacy skills (Zeng, Ju, and Hord, 2018). One model of delivery for learning strategy support is one to one coaching with a Learning Strategist. This model has been proven to help students improve their executive functioning skills (Field, Parker, Sawilowsky, and Rolands, 2019).

During this session, participants will analyze and evaluate the potential for learning strategy support to positively impact students with disabilities. They will also create a document of best practices for delivering learning strategy support, including an inventory of effective learning strategies and resources for students with disabilities.
University of Prince Edward Island.
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