Inclusive practice is an approach to teaching and learning, which seeks to ensure that all students have equity of access to course content; full participation in learning activities; and achievement in line with their capabilities. Whilst specific adjustments might need to be introduced to support the meeting of individual students’ needs, it is recognised that careful planning can remove a number of unintended or incidental barriers learning for students. This planning approach (also called universal design for learning) is encouraged at USW.
Examples of Inclusive Practice
• Powerpoint slides with sans serif fonts; alternative text to support visuals, and high contrast text/background colours;
• Including diverse assessment methods across a Module and Course;
• Panopto recordings for revision;
• Using a variety of methods to share content e.g. videos or physical or virtual objects either in person or as part of blended provision;
• Module readings that offer a range of opinions, for example from the Global South as well as the Global North.
How CELT can help
CELT can advise and assist course leaders and individual members of staff on ways to make their learning and teaching practices inclusive. Course leaders who have courses undergoing validation or review and who are wishing to ensure their curricula are accessible to all, are encouraged to contact us. Schools adopting a whole School approach to inclusive practices are welcome to discuss how CELT can assist by offering bespoke workshops.
Please contact Dr Cath Camps (Academic Manager - Curriculum design) if you would like to explore further any of the issues raised here.
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