Students with physical disabilities, mental health conditions or learning disabilities often face challenges during their time at university that prevent them participating on equal terms with their fellow students. Making your teaching more accessible doesn’t require you to dramatically transform your classroom practices or preparation, and it will benefit all your students – both those with and without disabilities. On this page, you can find inspiration for specific ways to improve the academic accessibility of your teaching.
Accessible teaching starts with your preparation. When preparing your sessions, consider ways to make your teaching inclusive, such as providing a clear course structure, formulating clear learning outcomes or accommodating the use of learning aids. This doesn’t involve teaching in a completely new way; it just means that, by making a few adjustments, you can supplement your teaching and make it assessable to everybody. While these adjustments might be necessary for some, they will benefit everyone. And they will help to create an accommodating and inclusive learning culture.
Good preparation is the key to ensuring that your students can participate in your classes in the best possible way. All students benefit from having a clear overview of the course and knowing what to expect, but, for students with physical disabilities and mental health conditions, these things are vitally important. As a teacher, you can help support your students by:
During your teaching session, there are different things you can do to make sure your class is academically accessible to your students. Starting and finishing your session well often makes a big difference.
Want to improve your knowledge or find inspiration?
If you would like to learn more about students with disabilities or inclusive teaching, you can make use of the reading list above or contact Academic Support (only available in Danish) or the Centre for Educational Support (CED).
This page has been produced in collaboration with Academic Support at AU.