Ensuring inclusive teaching

At Deakin University, the engagement of all students is viewed as fundamental.


Inclusive teaching and learning refers to the ways in which the Deakin University community creates a meaningful and embracing environment for all its students, in all modes – cloud, campus or converged.

Inclusive teaching and learning is characterised by a positive stance towards diversity and difference as it recognises strengths and the potential for creating a significant higher education experience. It recognises multiple ways of engaging with students and the role of the University in doing so.


External resources to help with inclusive practice.

  1. Comprehensive guides, resources, rubrics and examples to support various levels of UDL course redesign. http://www.udluniverse.com/
  2. Eight case stories highlighting how faculties in Higher Education are reaching more students through diversity in teaching approaches. http://elixr.merlot.org/case-stories/understanding--meeting-students-needs/universal-design-for-learning-udl?noCache=337:1286973265
  3. UDL and the use of accessible course materials including accessible instructional tutorials, course checklists and assistive technology advice. http://teachingcommons.cdl.edu/access/index.html
  4. Learning to Teach Inclusively – a multimedia open access module for Higher Education staff. http://www.wlv.ac.uk/Default.aspx?page=24685
  5. Strategies for promoting inclusive teaching, learning and assessment within programs of study taught at degree level (including foundation degrees). By 'inclusive' they mean flexible academic practices that aim to meet the needs of all learners. http://www.scips.worc.ac.uk/
  6. Universal Design for Learning Guidelines to support and apply good teaching practice. http://www.udlcenter.org/sites/udlcenter.org/files/updateguidelines2_0.pdf
  7. Inclusion Research Syntheses looking at the experience of diverse groups of students in higher education and strategies to promote their success. http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/resources/detail/inclusion/Inclusion_Research_Syntheses_Main_Page
  8. Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom guide on 'Teaching for inclusion'. http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/documents/inclusion/Framework.pdf
  9. The University of Sheffield handbook of best practice for the use of all teaching staff. https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/polopoly_fs/1.18989!/file/The-inclusive-learning-and-teaching-handbook.pdf
  10. Resources for professional development to improve the quality of teaching, learning and support for low SES students. http://www.lowses.edu.au/

Further information is also available on the Inclusive learning and practice Scoop.it! site.

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