The “Inclusive and Accessible Practice (IAP) Project”, brought together expertise from Learning Services’ Assistive Technologies and Learning Technology Development Teams (John Haycock and Martin Baxter).
Both Martin and John have come-up with a Toolkit for staff, supporting them in the production of inclusive resources. The aim is to enable all students to participate equally with digital content whilst studying. The Toolkit is called “Inclusive Digital Practice”, and is a collaboration between Learning Services and the Centre for Learning and Teaching, John Bostock (Senior Lecturer in Teaching & Learning Development).
Within our student groups it is increasingly likely that some will have a disability or learning difficulty. According to our records, approximately 14% of our students disclosed a disability, the true numbers are likely to be higher, as some students prefer not to disclose a disability, or they may just want to keep it hidden.
The toolkit provides support for staff in creating teaching and e-learning materials that are accessible and inclusive by design; describing some of the steps for adopting an inclusive practice, how to achieve them and instances (case studies) where good practice is already taking place at Edge Hill University.
The Inclusive Practice Toolkit is made up of the following resources;
- Seven Steps to Inclusive Practice
- Inclusive Practice Checklist
- Inclusive Practice How to Guides
- Inclusive Practice Case Studies (staff and student responses)
Want to learn more about the toolkit?
Visit the Learning Edge “Staff” tab, and the Inclusive Digital Practice panel at the top of the page.Adopting an inclusive approach and producing ‘barrier-free’ learning, gives everyone, regardless of their background or circumstances, the chance to study at higher levels of education (Inclusive Teaching and Learning in Higher Education as a route to Excellence).
Learning Support Officer (Assistive Technologies)
Learning Technology Development Officer
Do you have a story to tell about your Inclusive Practice? Let us know, click the link: My Inclusive Digital Practice. We want to share good practice so that more people can learn about it.