Inclusive Learning and Teaching

Slogan

'For me, the most exciting thing in learning and teaching [has been]... the growing recognition that academics and students share a collective interest in meeting the challenges of developing our learning environment to be more accessible for all students. The enthusiasm to meet these challenges has been universal and has led to an explosion of exciting projects that are making significant contributions and really make this year stand apart.'

Richard Kelwick, student

Vision

  • To create a University of Sheffield learning culture which enables all our students, from whatever background, to achieve their full potential.

Aims

  • To provide academic and support staff with the skills necessary to ensure that the delivery of the curriculum reaches across the diversity of the entire student community
  • To provide students with the means of assessing the factors inhibiting their full access to learning resources
  • To provide the forum by which staff and students can assess the effectiveness of learning and teaching strategies
  • To contribute to the development of the University’s place at the forefront of educational developments

Output

The Inclusive Learning and Teaching Project ran from November 2007 to July 2010. The key outputs are:

  • A handbook of best practice for the use of all teaching staff
  • Eleven department-based case studies
  • This website, to support staff and students in assessing the effectiveness of the inclusive learning and teaching environment in the university
  • A series of ‘lessons learnt’ from the development of the project formulated as ‘Hints and Tips' for an Inclusive Educational Environment
  • A contribution to the development of a Students’ Charter now known as 'Our Commitment'
  • A video. We invited students to a session in and asked them to tell us things that were barriers to their inclusion in learning. They identified some key areas for action which you can see in the video.

What is Inclusive Learning and Teaching?

What it is:

  • Creating and presenting opportunities for learning in such a way that they are accessible to all students
  • Making what we teach and the way we teach it much more flexible
  • Taking into consideration different learning styles
  • Using course content to teach about diversity issues

What it isn't:

  • Making radical changes to a course
  • Only for some subject disciplines
  • Just for under-represented groups
  • Something additional to core work

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If you have any queries, would like a paper copy of The Inclusive Learning and Teaching Handbook, or have feedback on the Handbook please contact Marie Evans, Learning and Teaching Services.

email : Marie Evans

More student comment:

To watch students talking about what spaces and connections they value to support their learning and teaching, in a number of languages, look at the Good Practice Blog.

'To create a University of Sheffield learning culture which enables all our students, from whatever background, to achieve their full potential'.