SAILS webpages contain a range of information and resources to guide you through embedding inclusivity into your practice. Creating an inclusive Swansea University will enable access and ensure that all (including potential) students, whatever their educational, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds and/or protected characteristics, have the opportunity and support to progress to and within higher education. From the SAILS pages you can find the projects they support which are currently:
- Access – Enabling individuals from all backgrounds to enter and transition into higher education (see our outreach activities).
- Retention – Supporting students to stay at university and complete their studies.
- Progression – Ensuring students have the inclusive academic and pastoral support to progress from level to level.
- Outcomes – Supporting students to achieve the best degree outcomes they can.
In this CPD module on Canvas you will focus on diversity, differentiation and inclusive practice. As you work through the material you will develop your knowledge of diversity and explore its impact on student learning. You will begin by considering biases, your own and other’s and design ways to mitigate them from your practice. There are opportunities for you to discuss and share teaching strategies which encourage equitable learning opportunities for all students. You will consider how to effectively plan, implement and assess students in an inclusive context. Throughout the course you will come across Creative Commons material from external sources.
There are further external links and reading lists if you wish to delve deeper into inclusive learning and teaching, and methods of harnessing and harvesting students’ knowledge and insights, for a shared learning experience.
This course draws on the expertise of the The Open University – a global leader in online learning. You will explore online learning and the wide-ranging benefits it brings to learners. You’ll discover the skills required for online study and evaluate your own study skillset. You’ll also examine how students form online communities and how they benefit from flexible study arrangements while still being supported by dedicated tutors.
Online learning takes advantage of technology to simulate or improve upon traditional methods of teaching. You’ll be introduced you to some of these teaching methods, including looking at two periods of European history, teaching chemistry through the online OpenScience Laboratory and using free apps to practise writing Chinese characters.