Inclusivity

Inclusive learning and teaching resources

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In light of the funding changes for students with disabilities we have developed a working collection of resources, ideas, support, reports and case studies about inclusive practice in Higher Education. It has been developed from a project to support academic staff following the changes to the Disabled Student Allowance. The purpose of resource is to enhance and improve the ways we design and deliver teaching, leading to accessible learning for all our students.

There are a range of practical activities for you to use in various settings such as large group teaching, assessment and giving feedback. There are links to comprehensive resources collected from other universities, reports from the HEA (Higher Education Academy) and a section containing information from recent conferences about inclusive practice.

The case studies section is a work in progress. We hope this is where academic staff will contribute research/ideas or practical activities that can be shared across all departments. Examples of case studies from Sheffield University have been included in this section as a starting point. A case study template has been emailed to departments or you can download it from the site.

The site is designed so that it can be easily updated and modified. We hope that with your support the wealth of experience here at the University of Cumbria this site will expand and develop over time.

Disability Support For Students: A quick reference guide

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The recent change in funding for disabled students has placed greater emphasis on individual lecturers to provide equal opportunities enabling all students to access high quality teaching.

This quick reference guide has been created to help you understand the support for disabled students as they declare a disability, and answers questions you may have about your role in their learning.

Quick Ideas for Busy Lecturers

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When designing and delivering inclusive learning have you:

· Thought about the purpose of your teaching session/series of sessions?

· Constructively aligned your teaching with assessment?

· Decided your curriculum objectives?

· Considered your teaching style in light of your learners needs?

· Offered a range of activities to meet a range of learning preferences?

This guide is designed to help you enhance your teaching and learning in inclusive practice.  The ideas are meant to assist you and are by no means exhaustive. You can use the guide to support areas where you feel you might have gaps in knowledge/skills/experience or to add to your existing practice.