Welcome to the I-Team Orientation page on our Neurodiversity at UConn website. Here
you will find a video presentation by Connie Syharat introducing you to the subject of
neurodiversity, a copy of our current meeting schedule, some required readings to prepare
for our first meeting, a current version of the I-Standards, and examples of student artwork
from our UNIV 1810: Neurodiversity in Engineering Learning Community.
This video will present a brief overview of the INCLUDE program, an introduction to neurodiversity, and a brief discussion about how a strengths-based approach may enhance the learning experience of neurodivergent students. Download the transcript.
I-Team Meeting Schedule
This semester we will be meeting for 75 minutes on a biweekly basis (Wednesdays 11:00 am - 12:15 pm) in Castleman 306. Our first meeting will be the I-Team Kickoff Meeting on Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022 at 11 am. Please click the accordion below to access the most current version of our meeting schedule.
Link to schedule
Neurodiversity and the Social Ecology of Mental Functions by Robert Chapman
Neurodiversity in higher education: a narrative synthesis by Lynn Clouder et al.
Neurodiversity at work: a biopsychosocial model and the impact on working adult by Nancy Doyle
The I-Course Standards Framework was developed to guide the course redesign process of the CEE INCLUDE Working Group during the summer of 2020. The CEE INCLUDE Working Group collaborated with educational design coaches, experts from the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and faculty from the Neag School of Education to create these standards for our I-Courses.
I-Courses are anchored by a commitment to a Strength-based Approach and centered around three core course features: Culture of Inclusion, Teaching and Learning, and Instructional Design.
Studies of strength-based initiatives in higher education settings show that exposure to a strengths-based interventions can produce immediate positive short-term effects including increases in confidence, self-efficacy and learning breakthroughs (Louis, 2011). By incorporating awareness of student and faculty strengths into teaching and learning, it is hoped that I-Courses may enhance engagement, motivation, and persistence in the face of challenges (Schreiner, 2014).
Culture of Inclusion
Course instructor builds a culture of inclusion by:
- communicating their commitment to inclusion via a written or verbal statement to students
- learning more about cognitive and other forms of diversity through workshops, readings, or other professional development opportunities
- connecting with their students and/or otherwise encouraging a sense of belonging
Teaching & Learning
Course instructor carefully considers ways to encourage student motivation and engagement by:
- providing opportunities for active learning
- building in some elements of flexibility or choice that allow students to personalize their education to meet their learning needs and preferences
- providing multiple modes of feedback and communication to students about their learning
Course instructor undertakes a design process that:
- centers students as stakeholders in the educational experience
- provides scaffolding and/or other supports for student learning
- follows principles of Universal Design to make the course accessible to all types of learners
Click below to see the latest version of our I-Standards:
Student Views of Neurodiversity
Figure 1: Photo by Yamila M. Garcia for the final project in the first iteration of UNIV 1810: Neurodiversity in Engineering.
Figure 2: Photo by Stephanie Hernandez Rodriguez for the final project in the first iteration of UNIV 1810: Neurodiversity in Engineering.
To learn more about the experiences of neurodiverse students in college, please check out the videos at the bottom of this page on CETL's website. There you will find videos on the Autistic and ADHD experience of college students, along with the experiences of students with anxiety and depression.