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Online course

Inclusive Learning and Teaching Environments

Explore the barriers experienced by disabled students and learn how to overcome these barriers through inclusive practices.

Inclusive Learning and Teaching Environments

Explore how to make Higher Education more inclusive

According to research by the UK government, disabled people are around half as likely to hold a degree-level qualification than people without disabilities. It raises an important question: how can we make education more inclusive?

On this course you will learn about different aspects of inclusion and digital accessibility experienced by students, teachers and support staff in Higher Education.

You’ll explore the barriers experienced by disabled students, the role of inclusive practices and hear firsthand from students about the impact inclusion has had on their studies.

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to inclusive learning with students and staff perspective
  • How inclusive learning practices differ from individual adjustments
  • Creating inclusive learning and teaching materials using digital technologies
  • Inclusive library services, science, practical sessions and fieldwork
  • Setting inclusive assignments and assessments
  • Planning and encouraging inclusive collaborative learning activities

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe the impact different options can make to disabled students when encountering a range of resources created to enhance their study skills
  • Explore insights into how best to share resources and communicate information and how to collaborate with students to allow for inclusion in different situations including libraries, labs and in examinations
  • Produce digital content to make learning and teaching inclusive

Who is the course for?

This course has been created for teachers and educators interested in inclusive practices, learning technologists and education design professionals. It will also be relevant for marketing and communications professionals working in training situations and those with disabilities who want to understand problems in education and how to overcome them.

What software or tools do you need?

There will be no need to have prior knowledge about accessibility in relation to disability and the use of technology, but it would be helpful to feel confident about navigating web pages and searching on the internet.

Who will you learn with?

Mike Wald

I am a Professor at the University of Southampton leading research and teaching about digital accessibility and advising universities and government organisations about inclusive learning and teaching

E.A. Draffan

Senior Research Fellow and member of the ECS Accessibility Team. A Speech and Language Therapist with interests in Assistive Technologies and digital accessibility supporting those with disabilities.

Abi James

I am research fellow with the ECS Accessibility Team focusing on how to improve accessibility and usability of digital tools for students with disabilities.

Who developed the course?

Southampton is a place for ambitious people keen to stretch their intellectual abilities and help change the world.


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