Inclusive teaching tips for faculty

These tips create an inclusive and supportive learning environment for all students and reduce or eliminate barriers to learning and participation.

Course planning

  • Increase your awareness of your students’ prior knowledge, abilities and backgrounds.
  • Develop clear course expectations regarding what students need to demonstrate with regard to content and academic skill development.
  • Ensure materials can be easily accessed; clean copies of materials are required for effective scanning.

 

Teaching

  • Well-organized materials for ease of use regardless of previous experience, knowledge, language skills, concentration.
  • Multi-modal delivery for students with differing sensory abilities.
  • Clear step-by-step explanations of key material and examples with connections made between the lecture and the readings.
  • Connect individual concepts to course themes and key discipline questions.
  • Create opportunities to practice analytical skills.
  • Allow breaks to ask questions.
  • Review the space for physical access if needed.

 

Assessment

  • Key principle is flexibility: a range of assessment methods, ways to participate and clear extension guidelines.
  • Opportunities for feedback.
  • Offer strong examples of course assignments as a model for students.
  • Provide a rubric and/or grading scheme for assignments and exams.

 

Practicums, labs and field trips

  • Review expectations regarding transportation, time of day, food and physical demands to identify any issues.
  • Ensure opportunities for multi-modal teaching.
  • Problem-solve any specific accommodation requests.
  • Clearly outline dates by which students should discuss accommodations for practicums, labs, or fieldtrips to ensure that they are in place and that there is enough time to solve any potential problems.

 

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