Framework to support inclusive learning and teaching

Published: 5 November 2019 at 11:14

“As a university with a diverse student population, we have a strong commitment to inclusion in learning and teaching,” says Julian Priddle, Anglia Learning & Teaching (AL&T). “Curriculum enhancement is a key part of addressing any ‘disadvantage gaps’ where unintended obstacles may prevent some students from achieving their full potential.”

To support inclusive learning across all faculties, AL&T and Student Services have produced an Inclusive Curriculum Framework (ICF) as part of their programme of workshops and resources. 

The ICF highlights six principles that are key to an inclusive curriculum and set a benchmark for good practice for learning and teaching with proven efficacy.

These are:

1. Inclusive assessment practice
2. Inclusive use of technologies
3. Diversification of the curriculum
4. Inclusive classroom practice
5. An academic culture for inclusive learning
6. Personalised learning.

These six principles form part of the Active Curriculum Framework and are explained in the ICF and in the Course Design Intensive Canvas site which also relate to areas such as assessment and feedback, and diversification of the curriculum.

A brownbag session on ‘Mending the gaps' is also open for all colleagues to book onto and consider the key messages arising from the attainment gap data and Course Design Intensives. Join Drs Julian Priddle, Linda Brown and Isobel Gowers on Wednesday 13 November in Cambridge, or Wednesday 20 November in Chelmsford, from 12.30 to 14.00. Bring your lunch and they’ll provide the drinks and desserts.

Concludes Julian: “An inclusive curriculum forms a central part of our Access and Participation Plan as a way to address disparities in student success.  The ICF helps to make inclusion the norm in our practice; it is based around the premise that excellence in our learning, teaching and assessment practice will foster inclusivity, whereas poor practice will adversely impinge on disadvantaged groups. We encourage colleagues to engage with these resources to give their students every opportunity to achieve success.” 

View resources for inclusive teaching and learning.