The Inclusive Teaching Enhancements project will design-in and enable inclusive teaching practice within Canvas and its associated tools, building on the progress made over the past year in promoting flexible and inclusive teaching practice across Oxford.
The project is sponsored by the Centre for Teaching and Learning.
A second phase is planning to make further changes and 'get the basics right' in Canvas to maintain engagement of current users and meet the evolving needs of departments, academics, and students. It will also build on the achievements of phase one, doing more to help deliver a consistent and accessible learning environment for all Oxford students. This project/intervention is called "Canvas Enhancements & Inclusive Teaching Enhancements 2".
What is inclusive teaching?
Inclusive teaching involves recognising and minimising barriers that hinder students’ learning and participation, while acknowledging that students learn in different ways. You can find out more on the Centre for Teaching and Learning website.
Why is the Inclusive Teaching Enhancements project necessary?
The project is an opportunity to embed the gains made in digital education that were achieved during the Covid-19 pandemic. It will deliver vital enhancements requested by users as well as key initiatives to the University’s digital education provision.
By enabling the tools and knowledge to support inclusive teaching, the project will add to the foundations on which staff can build their inclusive teaching practice. The proposed changes will also see students benefiting from enhancements which will make online learning more accessible wherever they are and deliver a genuinely consistent and accessible learning environment.
What will the project deliver?
Planned deliverables include: Blackboard Ally, an accessible content tool that will improve the student experience by providing Canvas course content in a range of accessible and alternative formats, new Canvas courses to include specific inclusive teaching materials by default, and analytics/reports providing key metrics.
Take a look at our progress tracker below to see what we've already delivered and what's in the pipeline.
Progress Tracker Progress Tracker (word version)
The project benefits are expected to be cumulative as tools are rolled out, staff adopt new ways of working and change is embedded. The following are expected over the lifetime of the project and beyond:
- Academics and administrators have increased knowledge, skills and tools to deliver inclusive teaching practice
- Students have a more joined up, consistent inclusive learning experience across all programmes of study
- Students with disabilities and specific needs can participate more equally in teaching and learning
The project board membership reflects the range of interests and stakeholders responsible for supporting the change. Find out more about them below.
- Professor Rhona Sharpe, Director, Centre for Teaching and Learning
- Safa Sadozai, Undergraduate student and Vice-President, Access and Academic Affairs, Oxford Student Union
- Tirion Hughes, Undergraduate student and Oxford SU Disabilities Campaign
- Professor Helen Swift, Professor of Medieval French Studies, Fellow of St Hilda’s College
- Katherine Noren-Curtis, Head, Disability Advisory Service
- Dr Lindsay Rudge, Head, Education Policy and Planning, Social Sciences Division
- Marion Manton, Head of Digital Education, Centre for Teaching and Learning
- Gemini Kahl, Programme Manager, Digital Education Programme
The project will run from May 2021 to June 2022.
Over the coming months, the team members will be meeting with key stakeholders and sharing more information with the wider University. If you have any questions about the project, please contact the team.