Practical tips for accessible teaching

When you begin to reflect on how to modify your teaching to be more accessible, it is a good idea to start from the learning outcomes of a course unit or an assignment and clarify them. What are the learning outcomes? In which different ways can they be achieved? Which parts of the current exercise/teaching method etc. could be modified in a way that does not hinder achieving the learning outcomes?

In many cases, teachers may be used to carrying out an exercise in a particular way even though the learning outcomes could also be achieved in an alternative manner. For example, as a teacher, you may be used to carrying out an assignment as an essay even if writing an essay as such is not the learning outcome of the assignment. For some students, writing may be a challenge and the essay may not reflect their true competence. Alternatively, could the skills and learning be presented in a podcast, portfolio, or video, for example?

Here are some practical tips to make your teaching more accessible. You do not have to do everything at once, but you can pick a few tips from the list that are appropriate for your courses.

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