As a university with a diverse student population, we have a strong commitment to inclusion in learning and teaching.
Curriculum enhancement forms a central element of our Access and Participation Plan, which is designed to address ‘disadvantage gaps’ where unintended obstacles may prevent some students from achieving their full potential. Underlying our strategiic approaches is a determination to remove these obstacles and the resulting gaps.
Anglia Learning & Teaching provides staff development workshops and resources to support staff in embedding inclusive practice. This includes:
We have developed a framework for an inclusive curriculum (ICF), based on six principles. It aims to ensure that inclusive practice is present in all of our teaching and is not simply a ‘bolt on’. Much of the framework is based on the premise that excellence in our learning, teaching and assessment practice will foster inclusivity, whereas poor practice will adversely impinge on disadvantaged groups. The ICF, incorporated into our Active Curriculum Framework, forms part of our institutional curriculum change programme delivered through the CDI (Course Design Intensive) process. To further support the ICF and our ongoing commitment to improving assessment and feedback, special focus is paid to Inclusive Assessment.
Accessibility is an integral part of our inclusive approach to teaching, assessment and student support at ARU and is captured in our Inclusive and Accessible Learning Materials Policy. The importance of this ongoing work has been further highlighted by the requirement to ensure that all of our online teaching materials and resources comply with Government’s Accessibility Regulations.
Learn how to make documents accessible and integrate an inclusive approach into your teaching. Open our drop down menus below for more information on each area:
For information on how to create accessible Word, PowerPoint or PDF documents, please download the relevant guide:
Word and PowerPoint templates can be accessed via the DAM, <https: href="https://filestore.anglia.ac.uk/APPS/ARU%20Templates%20-%20Staff/">ARU file store.</https:>
(Please note that you can directly access the accessible templates within both programmes when accessing them on an ARU computer.)
For more resources, including 'how to' guides, visit our Accessibility Toolkit Canvas site.
Our Inclusive Teaching Practices Canvas site also features and expands upon the six principles of the Inclusive Curriculum Framework. Similar to above, it helps with creating accessible documents, including converting from the old to the new brand.
Take a closer look at how you can present inclusivity in higher education. We pull in resources from the Student Services' inclusive website, mental health considerations, and the international student experience.
Explore guidance and tools specifically targeted at helping students with learning, writing and studying. We also link to the ARU resources created by Study Skills Plus.
View the information and guidance institutions of higher education worldwide have made available. Some examine inclusivity from a technology perspective while others offer additional guidance on good teaching practice.