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Inclusive Practice Guides

The following draws together a series of practical guides and resources developed by institutions and projects within the Higher Education sector.  These resources are by no means prescriptive, we encourage you to explore the resources and take from them what you consider best suits the needs of your course/subject and your current and future student cohorts.

Guidance from the Disabled Students’ Sector Leadership Group – Inclusive Teaching and Learning in Higher Education as a route to Excellence.

This guide was prepared in response to the governments shift away from supporting individual learners through Disabled Students’ Allowances which means that HE providers must further develop their approach to supporting disabled students.

Inclusive Teaching and Learning in Higher Education as a route to Excellence

Inclusive Teaching: A Guide for Higher Education English (2011) – HEA – English Subject Centre.

This guide is written to help lecturers to teach in a way that is as welcoming as possible to the widest possible range of students. There are sections on independent study, lectures and seminars, exams, and course structure, and the guide concludes with a handy checklist of nine steps to make teaching more inclusive.

Inclusive teaching: a guide for higher education English – https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resource/inclusive-teaching-guide-higher-education-English

Guides on good practice in inclusive learning and teaching – The University of Leeds.

The University of Leeds has created a set of 19 guides on good practice in inclusive learning and teaching, aligned to the UK Professional Standards Framework. The guides cover inclusive design, inclusive teaching, inclusive assessment, creating inclusive learning and teaching environments and developing inclusive practices aligned to the Areas of Activity of the UKPSF, 2011.

Guides on good practice in inclusive learning and teaching – The University of Leeds – https://www.sdduonline.leeds.ac.uk/inclusiveteaching/

Learning to Teach Inclusively – Online Module – University of Wolverhampton.

The University of Wolverhampton’s Learning to Teach Inclusively project, led by Professor Chris Hockings, has produced an online module accessible to all HEIs through Open Learn, the Open University website. The module comprises of 3 units, as follows:

  • Inclusive Curriculum Design and Assessment – focusing on the current issues and debates in the literature, policy and practice around curriculum design for and assessment of an increasingly diverse population of students.
  • Inclusive Pedagogy – this unit involves participants undertaking a critical review of the pedagogic practices they use with students from diverse backgrounds within the context of their disciplinary subject and institution. One or more of the principles of inclusive pedagogy is then applied to an aspect of their own pedagogic work, and participants reflect on the effect on the engagement of all students.
  • Managing and Researching the Inclusive Institution – this unit explores the wider institutional perspective on student diversity, equality and diversity as it relates to the learning, teaching and assessment of students.

Learning to Teach Inclusively online module – http://www.open.edu/openlearnworks/course/view.php?id=97%3f

Guide to Inclusive Teaching – Oxford Brookes University.

Oxford Brookes University has produced a straight forward guide that provided some useful inclusive tips when teaching and supporting students. It raises some issues in the ‘did you know?’ sections which are not dissimilar to those experienced at Sheffield Hallam.

Oxford Brookes University – Guide to inclusive teaching – https://www.brookes.ac.uk/OCSLD/Consultancy/Inclusive-teaching/

Teaching and Learning Guides – The 7 Steps to Series – Plymouth University.

Plymouth University has produced a series of short teaching and learning guides, included in the series are:
7 Steps to: Adopting Culturally Inclusive Teaching Practices;
7 Steps to: Inclusive Assessment;
7 Steps to: Internationalising Teaching and Learning.
Plymouth University – 7 Steps to: series – https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/your-university/teaching-and-learning/guidance-and-resources/7-step-series

Guidance for Creating Accessible Teaching Material – Glasgow Caledonian University.

This guidance is aimed at assisting in the production of high quality accessible teaching materials for students.

Glasgow Caledonian University’s Guidance for creating accessible teaching material – http://www.gcu.ac.uk/student/disability/staffmaterials/guidanceforcreatingaccessibleteachingmaterial/

Strategies for Creating Inclusive Programmes of Study (SCIPS) – University of Worcester.

The University of Worcester’s SCIPS (Strategies for Creating Inclusive Programmes of Study) site, developed by Dr Val Chapman (NTF), offers strategies for promoting inclusive teaching, learning and assessment within programmes of study taught at degree level (including foundation degrees). It identifies potential challenges that disabled students may experience in achieving and/or demonstrating key skills and attributes as defined within Subject Benchmark Statements. SCIPS offers strategies and adjustments to practice that academic staff might consider in helping address these challenges. The site has a search function allowing searches by subject and disability; key skill; and subject and challenge. The advice is supplemented with subject-specific case studies to highlight good practice.

Strategies for Creating Inclusive Programmes of Study (SCIPS) – http://www.scips.worc.ac.uk/

Every Researcher Counts: equality and diversity in researcher careers – Vitae.

This section of the Vitae website contains dedicated resources, case studies and stakeholder briefings to improve the understanding of equality and diversity issues amongst those who support and manage researchers within higher education institutions.

Every Researcher Counts: equality and diversity in researcher careers – https://www.vitae.ac.uk/doing-research/every-researcher-counts-equality-and-diversity-in-researcher-careers

Best Practice Guides in Supporting Autistic University Students – The Autism & Uni Project.

The European-funded Autism&Uni initiative has published three guides for those teaching and supporting autistic students in higher education:

GUIDE 1: For HEI managers and senior academics
Providing you with information and evidence to help you develop policies and practices that will benefit autistic students and improve the student experience at your institution.

GUIDE 2: For HE lecturers and tutors
This provides practical tips based on evidence from research to enable you to make your learning and teaching practices more accessible and support you to build better relationships with autistic students.

GUIDE 3: For professionals supporting autistic students within or outside HE Institutions
This guide provides insights from research and good practice across Europe that will help you improve student experiences and engagement with your information and services, and to develop your expertise.

These guides can be downloaded from http://www.autism-uni.org/bestpractice

The Inclusive Learning and Teaching Handbook (2010) University of Sheffield.

The Inclusive Learning and Teaching Handbook is a useful resource for anyone looking at inclusion. It provides an overview of the area, as well as top tips, good practice and case studies

The Inclusive Learning and Teaching Handbook – https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/lets/toolkit/learning/inclusivity

Teaching Inclusively – Cornell University.

Cornell University’s Teaching Inclusively webpages provide a number of online resources

Teaching inclusively – http://www.cte.cornell.edu/teaching-ideas/building-inclusive-classrooms/inclusive-teaching-strategies.html

InCurriculum Project : Norwich University College of the Arts, The University of Westminster & De Montfort University.

The InCurriculum webpage provides a brief framework to check for inclusive approaches to teaching and assessment.

InCurriculum – http://www.incurriculum.org.uk/main/the-project/about-incurriculum

The Premia Project: Postgraduate and Research Student Guidance.

This is one of the last HEFCE funded projects, ending in 2006. Premia undertook a detailed investigation into the support issues for postgraduate (mainly PhD) students.

The project included detailed student experience interviews and from these drew recommendations for ways to ensure that every step of the journey – including the viva – could be made inclusive for students.

The outcomes of the project are still sourceable. There is some useful consideration of viva, supervision, conference and fieldwork issues.

Premia project for disabled researchers: https://www.vitae.ac.uk/doing-research/every-researcher-counts-equality-and-diversity-in-researcher-careers/Premia-project-background

Resources

Guidance from the Disabled Students’ Sector Leadership Group – Inclusive Teaching and Learning in Higher Education as a route to Excellence

Inclusive teaching: a guide for higher education English: HEA – English Subject Centre: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resource/inclusive-teaching-guide-higher-education-english

Guides on good practice in inclusive learning and teaching – The University of Leeds – https://www.sdduonline.leeds.ac.uk/inclusiveteaching/

Learning to Teach Inclusively online module: University of Wolverhampton: http://www.open.edu/openlearnworks/course/view.php?id=97%3f

Guide to inclusive teaching: Oxford Brookes University: https://www.brookes.ac.uk/OCSLD/Consultancy/Inclusive-teaching/

7 Steps to: series: Plymouth University: https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/your-university/teaching-and-learning/guidance-and-resources/7-step-series

Guidance for creating accessible teaching material: Glasgow Caledonian University: http://www.gcu.ac.uk/student/disability/staffmaterials/guidanceforcreatingaccessibleteachingmaterial/

Strategies for Creating Inclusive Programmes of Study (SCIPS): University of Worcester: http://www.scips.worc.ac.uk/

Every Researcher Counts: equality and diversity in researcher careers: Vitae: https://www.vitae.ac.uk/doing-research/every-researcher-counts-equality-and-diversity-in-researcher-careers

Best Practice Guides in Supporting Autistic University Students – The Autism&Uni Project: http://www.autism-uni.org/bestpractice

The Inclusive Learning and Teaching Handbook: University of Sheffield: https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/lets/toolkit/learning/inclusivity

Teaching inclusively: Cornell University: http://www.cte.cornell.edu/teaching-ideas/building-inclusive-classrooms/inclusive-teaching-strategies.html

InCurriculum Project : Norwich University College of the Arts, The University of Westminster & De Montfort University: http://www.incurriculum.org.uk/main/the-project/about-incurriculum