It’s not just a book club:

A novel approach to prepare researchers for practice

This article from the University of Calgary is targeted to the research community, particularly those involved in interdisciplinary research, and uses the principles of universal design for learning as a means of bridging the misunderstandings that can occur in interdisciplinary research.  Their conclusions are:

“Our purpose for using a book club approach was to develop our proficiency in the use of UDL, given the diversity of our knowledge and experience with this framework. Throughout the book club experience, we were able to present our perspectives, negotiate ideas, and resolve misconceptions that enabled us to have a greater common understanding of UDL. The book club was a starting point for our collaborative team, which quickly evolved into a community of practice. The initial building of self-efficacy as individuals strengthened the outcomes of the collaborative interactions during the scholarly book club discussions.

From our book club experience, two main learning outcomes emerged. First, identifying and discussing our assumptions and our experiences through book club led to a deeper understanding and ability to make practical inferences. Second, sharing the leadership role among participants allowed for increased reflection and development of each member’s understandings of UDL. The book club provided us with an opportunity to have a shared experience of reading, discussing and establishing new collective understandings, which created a foundation to inform our research project.”