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Inclusive teaching and learning in SALC

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The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures is committed to the promotion of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all of the School's activities and policies, advancing equality of opportunity for all and working towards a more diverse and representative campus for staff and students alike.

At the heart of our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion is our teaching and learning. To share best practice and support the development of inclusive teaching, in 2021/2022 we will be hosting a series of inclusive teaching workshops focussed around themes of decolonisation of the curriculum, teaching violence and other ‘difficult’ subjects, constructing innovative learning activities and assessments that enable students to explore a range of skills and forms of expression, and looking at case study examples of best practice.

All sessions will have input from both staff and students and are designed to offer a democratic space for discussion, sharing of ideas, and mutual learning.

Inclusive teaching workshops

The workshops will take place on Zoom and are open to all, staff and students, academics and PS colleagues. Colleagues from across the University are also welcome to join us.  

You can sign up to each workshop below. Where sessions are recorded you will be able to link to the recordings by clicking on the session title.

Programme

Wednesday, 9 February 2022, 12pm (noon) - 1pm: What is inclusive teaching?

  • This session will act as an opportunity for staff and students to discuss and reflect upon ideas of best practice in inclusive teaching. We invite students and colleagues to share what has worked for them and will workshop a framework for inclusive teaching.
  • Sign up to this workshop

Wednesday, 16 March 2022, 1pm - 2pm: Teaching violence and trauma

Wednesday, 27 April 2022, 4pm - 5pm: Making course units accessible with Universal Design for Learning

  • Session Lead: Wendell Kimper (Linguistics, and Institute for Teaching and Learning Fellow)

  • In order for our teaching to be truly inclusive, we need to be pro-active about building accessibility into the way we structure our course units; how can we teach in a way that does not present physical, cognitive, or organisational barriers to learning?  In this workshop, we'll discuss Universal Design for Learning (UDL), an evidence-based framework that offers concrete methods for enabling the meaningful participation of all learners.  We'll look at how its three principles (multiple means of representation; multiple means of engagement; multiple means of expression) apply to delivery and assessment within course units, and we'll talk about practical solutions for implementing UDL in our teaching.
  • Sign up to this workshop

Wednesday, 11 May 2022, 1pm - 2pm: Diversity of expression in teaching and learning

  • Session Leads: Eloise Moss (History), Kerry Pimblott (History), Thomas Donnai (SEED)

  • This session showcases the Manchester History Workshop, a level 1 module that ‘module affords first-year students an opportunity to the do the hands-on work of history with a focus on recovering the, often, untold stories of generations of migrants who came to and shaped the city.’ Learning resources for schools are created by current undergraduates and made available publicly through the John Rylands Research Institute and Library: Manchester History Workshop: Using Special Collections at the John Rylands Library and the Main Library The module will provide a case study of how diversity of expression can be embedded in teaching and learning
  • Sign up this workshop

Wednesday, 25 May 2022, 10am - 11am: Consolidating Inclusive Teaching and Learning in SALC

  • Session Leads: Hannah Cobb (CAHAE) and Eloise Moss (History)

  • We invite staff and students to present on their own examples of good practice which are filmed and used as a repository of good practice examples.
  • There will also be open discussion to highlight commonalities and enduring case studies of good practice and the session will offers a reflective space for staff and students to explore how the workshops this semester may have impacted their teaching and learning.
  • Sign up to this workshop