Inclusive curriculum developments: tips for academics

An inclusive curriculum is designed to improve the experience, skills and attainment of all students, including those with a disability.  It aims to embed the principles of inclusivity within all aspects of the academic cycle. 

Below are six practical principles for inclusive curriculum design (Kerr and Baker, 2013): 

  • Communicate course requirements clearly and before students enrol on courses 
  • Ensure regular review of course inclusiveness and make changes, if it is needed 
  • Consider the tools/tech and materials used – are they accessible to all students? 
  • Communication in plain English will help students understand learning materials 
  • Be flexible and inclusive in your teaching if alternative arrangements are required 
  • Adapt logistics e.g. flexible timelines, assessment tasks and course requirements