Inclusive Teaching Enhancements Project

 The Inclusive Teaching Enhancements Project has just published the first of a series of regular updates. Find out what has been delivered, what is coming up and how you can help the project team. 

 

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.   

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: an integrated survey tool in Canvas, new Canvas courses to include specific inclusive teaching materials by default, and analytics/reports providing key metrics. More details are available in the PDF below.  

Inclusive Teaching Enhancements themes and deliverables

Project benefits  

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:

Staff:

  • Academics and administrators have increased knowledge, skills and tools to deliver inclusive teaching practice 

Students:

  • 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

Project governance

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
  • Tirion Hughes, Undergraduate Medical student, Department of Medical Sciences
  • Professor Helen Swift, Professor of Medieval French Studies, Fellow of St Hilda’s College
  • Katherine Noren-Curtis, Head, Disability Advisory Service
  • Jane Dale, Head of Education Policy and Planning, Medical Sciences Division
  • Marion Manton, Manager of Technology Enhanced Learning Support and Consultancy, Centre for Teaching and Learning
  • Gemini Kahl, Programme Manager, Digital Education Programme

Timelines

The project will run from May 2021 to March 2022.

Next steps

Over the coming weeks, 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

Frequently Asked Questions

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Please visit the Centre for Teaching and Learning site, where you will find guidance, scenarios and resources to support inclusive teaching practice and get advice from educational development experts. 

We will be testing and consulting on some of the tools/approaches during the lifetime of the project. Please contact us if you are interested in being involved. 

Contact

If you have any questions about the project, please contact the team by emailing ite@it.ox.ac.uk