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Outdoor Interactive Workshop: Exploring Accessibility and Inclusion in Place-Based Teaching and Learning

May 9, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

This event is part of the 2023 Celebrate Learning Week, taking place from May 2–9, 2023.

Are you an educator whose classes involve place-based teaching and learning with students? Are you interested in outdoor place-based learning, but are concerned about accessibility and inclusion? Are you a staff member or community member who supports, or is involved in, place-based learning? Are you a student who has been involved in place-based learning in your classes, and would like to contribute to a conversation about accessibility and inclusion in these activities?

In this interactive workshop, we will meet in the outdoor UBC Okanagan campus environment. Using Liberating Structures prompts and co-facilitated discussion, we will attend to the built, natural, social, and learning environment in terms of disability, access, and inclusion.

Some questions that will guide our reflections and conversations include: What feelings and actions of inclusion can place-based learning activities elicit? What feelings and actions of exclusion are present? How can we identify and support access and inclusion—not only within indoor and online learning environments—but also in outdoor place-based learning?

*We strive to provide an accessible and inclusive environment for all workshop attendees. If you require any accessibility accommodations to fully participate in this event, please contact us at natalie.forssman@ubc.ca or electra.eleftheriadou@ubc.ca, and we will make every effort to accommodate your needs. We appreciate your participating in helping us make this event accessible for everyone.

**In case of unfavourable weather, the workshop will move indoors.


  • Electra Eleftheriadou, Educational Consultant for Inclusion, Centre for Teaching and Learning, UBC Okanagan
  • Natalie Forssman, Assistant Professor of Teaching, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UBC Okanagan
  • Haida Gaede, Graduate Student, Social Work, UBC Okanagan
  • Daisy Pullman, Graduate Student, IGS Sustainability, UBC Okanagan

Note to Non-UBC Participants:

In order to register for this program, non-UBC faculty, staff, and students will need to create a UBC Basic CWL. To do this, please go to the CWL page and scroll down to the accordion tab that reads “Basic”. Follow the instructions there for creating and activating a Basic CWL, then please return to this page to register for the program.

This event will be hosted in-person on UBC Okanagan Campus. The location will be emailed once finalized. Register to save your spot.