Classrooms are rich, diverse spaces where people from different backgrounds can learn from each other. While each of us is unique, preparing for different audiences and contexts can help teachers meet their students’ needs while feeling more confident about their own abilities.
- UA’s Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion provides resources and guidelines, including sample syllabus statements, information about campus events and services, the history of diversity at UA and an archive of lectures, articles and other materials.
- For more information about some specific audiences and contexts, see these teaching guides from Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching.
- The University of Michigan provides information and guidelines about equity-focused teaching.
- “How to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive,” The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Accessible classrooms and materials aim to welcome and include all types of learners. Rather than waiting for official documentation to accommodate students with disabilities, accessible classrooms are designed with inclusivity in mind. Check out the following resources:
- UA’s Technology Accessibility initiative provides information, resources, vendor information and support for inclusive teaching technology.
- The Office of Disability Services offers resources for faculty and staff to help create inclusive programming.
- The Teaching Hub provides a series of blog posts by A&S faculty about accessibility.
- See also “Creating Accessible Learning Environments” from the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching.
- Learn more about Universal Design.