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Find out about Deakin's Inclusive Education Principles
Deakin’s Inclusive Education Principles underpin the University’s positive stance towards diversity and difference - an approach that anticipates learner variability, recognises diverse strengths and employs multiple ways of engaging with students. These Principles were developed in consultation between faculties and divisions to inform pedagogy, curriculum design and teaching across the University, whether in the Cloud or on campus.

Inclusive Curriculum and Capacity Building at Deakin

  • Looking for easy and inspired ways to include, engage and motivate all your students?
  • Interested in how to teach large groups of students more effectively?
  • Need creative ideas to energise your seminar activities?
  • Want to know how to make your assessment tasks more inclusive?
  • Do you know how to make your teaching resources accessible for students with a range of abilities?
  • Want to take the ‘groan’ out of group work?
  • Do you have frequently asked questions as a new teacher here at Deakin?

If you are interested in any of these questions then you have come to the right place!

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For busy teachers and professional staff at Deakin

This site has been developed for busy staff members by the Inclusive Curriculum and Capacity team at Deakin. So it contains lots of practical, easy-to-find information in our Inclusive Teaching Toolkit. We recommend you start with the Inclusive Teaching Tips, which offers quick ideas and hints on a range of teaching areas, such as ‘Teaching diverse learners’, ‘Online teaching’ and ‘Enjoy group work’! All the pages are based on inclusive learning and teaching research and pedagogy. Many contain case studies and exemplars sourced from teachers here at Deakin. Key points have been highlighted and distilled for ease of use.

See also Create Accessible Content in the Toolkit for helpful quick tips on ensuring that your unit materials are formatted to be accessible and usable for all students. Teaching Support Services at a Glance is an easy find directory and overview of Deakin’s many services that will assist you in your teaching. And yes, we also have a comprehensive Glossary for any term, concept or service that is unfamiliar to you.

Other sections include Exemplars & Initiatives for those who would like to take a deeper dive into the Inclusive Curriculum and Capacity Building project outcomes. We also have a Community and Events page promoting Deakin’s Inclusive Education Community of Practice (CoP), which is a forum where people with an interest in providing an inclusive education can connect, support and inspire each other, whatever their levels of expertise. The Community hosts regular events, which are shaped according to the changing needs of its members. .

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Invitation to use our ICCB resources

We encourage you to make use of our resources in your teaching and learning sites. If you would like to link to or use specific content please contact our project coordinator for the site, Dr Janet Watson.

­­­ Inclusive education checklist

If you’d like a quick dip into finding out where you could improve your teaching practice to be more inclusive, download this one-pager Inclusive education checklist.

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For more information see Acknowledgement of Country.

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