Creating an Inclusive Course & Classroom: Strategies for Instructors
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Strategies outlined in this document can help you to ensure that your course and classroom are inclusive to as many students as possible. Inclusive teaching aims to eliminate common barriers to student success and to provide all students with the opportunity to demonstrate their facility with the course material.
Please note that this document draws a distinction between inclusive teaching and accommodations made in response to student physical, cognitive or learning disabilities.
Accommodations are necessary responses to particular student needs. If students have an accommodation request, they may work with you or through a campus accessibility office to arrange an appropriate accommodation. Please visit the websites of the campus accessibility offices to learn more about these services and processes (for information about these offices, please see the document Academic Support Services & Accessibility Offices at the U of T ).
While accommodations respond to particular student needs, inclusive teaching anticipates common barriers to student learning and incorporates additional flexibility and approaches from which all students, including students with disabilities, those with significant home or professional responsibilities, English language learners, and first-generation university students, can benefit.
Both accommodations and inclusive teaching help the UofT meet the standards set out in the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Learn more about AODA standards here:http://www.aoda.utoronto.ca/. Additionally, the following UofT statements and policies address the importance of providing an accessible classroom:
This document provides strategies for instructors who wish to establish an inclusive classroom. Additionally, you may wish to consult the following supporting documents:
- Inclusive Educational Technology
- Academic Support Services & Accessibility Offices at the U of T (these resources can be included on your course outline or shared with students)
PRACTICAL STRATEGIES FOR ACCESSIBLE & INCLUSIVE TEACHING
- Work with the accessibility service office on your campus to address the needs of students who have requested accommodations.