Inclusivity

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Inclusive learning and teaching practice forms part of the wider Inclusion at Sheffield activities at the University, and is one of three learning and teaching priorities in 2020-21. It underpins all our activity.

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Inclusive practice at the University of Sheffield

Inclusive learning and teaching recognises all students’ entitlement to a learning experience that respects diversity, enables participation, removes barriers and anticipates and considers a variety of learning needs and preferences.

HEA framework for student access, retention, attainment and progression

Guidance on inclusive practice

Inclusive practice is embedded throughout Elevate guidance, and is referred to in all the Essentials guides, however, here are some main reference points to get you started:

  • Inclusivity Essentials -this resource offers a selection of prompts, suggestions, and self-assessment activities to help you in integrating inclusive practice into your teaching.
  • Guidance on Decolonising the Curriculum and the decolonising the curriculum toolkit - tips and examples from colleagues.
  • Supporting students from diverse backgrounds - Awareness guide for personal tutors from the University of Nottingham.
  • Who are your learners? - this explores who our learners are and offers ideas, practical strategies and signposts to other University support which will help you make your teaching accessible and relevant to all your students.
  • Building Community - guidance on creating a sense of belonging for your students.
  • Student engagement - Providing opportunities for students to be involved will help to ensure that they are engaged in their academic learning..
  • Inclusion and Blackboard Collaborate -comprehensive advice on how to make your online teaching practice address the needs of all students.
  • Digital Accessibility - Digital accessibility is the ability of a website, mobile application or electronic document to be easily navigated and understood by a wide range of users, including those users who have visual, auditory, motor or cognitive disabilities. It is therefore essential to inclusive practice.
  • Disability and dyslexia advice and guidance - odders general guidance about the barriers to learning students with different impairments might face, and how you can support them during teaching and assessment.
  • In the Know (INK) - SpLD Awareness and Inclusion Training - a series of short, interactive online training resources for university staff which are designed to increase awareness of Specific Learning Differences (SpLD) in Higher Education.
  • This Inclusive Teaching Reference Tool lists teaching adaptations in an easily searchable format.

Sharing good practice

The Directory of Good Practice shares examples from colleagues of work they have done on inclusivity, among other subjects. If you would like to share your work, please complete this form.

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