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Inclusive Curriculum Framework

Introduction

The Inclusive Curriculum framework is the institutional approach to building inclusivity from 'concept to review'. This means the principles of inclusivity are embedded within all aspects of the academic cycle from the development and revitalisation of curricula, through the practice of teaching and learning, to the process of assessment and finally full circle to programme review, modification and revalidation. Inclusivity is treated as an ongoing measure of quality assurance and enhancement.

Questions for Course Teams and Module Leaders: prompts to ensure an inclusive curriculum

  • Prompts: Concept
  • Create an accessible curriculum Enable students to see themselves reflected Equip students to work in a global & diverse world
    • Have you created a clear statement related to inclusive course values within student handbook?
    • Have you addressed the ‘hidden curriculum' if acknowledged in the discipline area?
    • How have you challenged normative disciplinary attitudes to ensure that the course is meaningful and relevant to a diverse student body?
    • Have you involved students in the creation of the course?
    • How will the course aim to develop university graduate attributes around global awareness and diversity?

  • Prompts: Content
  • Create an accessible curriculum Enable students to see themselves reflected Equip students to work in a global & diverse world
    • Have you checked all the content is accessible to different groups of students and materials adhere to best practice for disabled students and students with a learning difference?
    • Are you using inclusive language, avoiding colloquial language and providing a glossary of new and complex terms?
    • Have you ensured that the case-studies and reading lists reflect the diversity in the learning community?
    • Have you thought about how best to allow students to bring their own perspectives into the learning arena ensuring equality of engagement?
    • Does the content extend understanding of diversity and allow students to recognise their own potential to make a difference in a rapidly changing international context?

  • Prompts: Learning and Teaching
  • Create an accessible curriculum Enable students to see themselves reflected Equip students to work in a global & diverse world
    • Have you thought about how the delivery engages different learning styles?
    • Will the course be delivered in an accessible mode and are there alternative options provided for students who cannot access specific delivery mechanisms?
    • How does the L&T strategy ensure that the classroom environment is welcoming and inclusive and encourages participation from under-represented groups?
    • Have the course team engaged in unconscious bias and equalities training?
    • Are there structured opportunities for cross-cultural interaction to help students recognise the value of working with people from diverse backgrounds?
    • Are students exposed to a range of culturally challenging views, opinions and contexts?

  • Prompts: Assessment
  • Create an accessible curriculum Enable students to see themselves reflected Equip students to work in a global & diverse world
    • Are timelines (formative, summative and feedback) advised at the start of the course?
    • Are a diverse range of assessments styles (including choice) used to reduce the need for reasonable adjustments and ensure that the assessment medium reflects their own strengths and educational backgrounds?
    • Do the case-studies/vignettes used in the assessment reflect the diversity in our student body?
    • Are there assessments where students can draw upon their own background? e.g. ‘open' assessment where students can apply a particular principle to familiar contexts?
    • How will the assessment strategy ensure that students are involved in real-world tasks that demonstrate meaningful application of essential knowledge and skills?
    • How does assessment develop the practical skills (including soft or work-ready skills) in students?

  • Prompts: Feedback
  • Create an accessible curriculum Enable students to see themselves reflected Equip students to work in a global & diverse world
    • Are students offered exercises which develop their assessment literacies and effective ways to use their feedback?
    • Are there processes in place to monitor which cohorts of students are accessing their feedback?
    • How is the issue of ‘social distance' being addressed in feedback strategies? i.e. some students feel less confident or able to approach academic staff than others.
    • How are students encouraged to actively adopt a reflective approach to their learning and facilitate the development of their feedforward strategies?
    • How are peer-review practices encouraged to ensure that students learn to engage in constructive feedback strategies with each other?

  • Prompts: Review
  • Create an accessible curriculum Enable students to see themselves reflected Equip students to work in a global & diverse world
    • How will differential attainment be monitored?
    • Are there opportunities to engage students in devising or re-visiting the content and learning and teaching and assessment strategies?
    • How will the course team monitor how the course is being experienced by diverse cohorts of learners?
    • How will the course team ensure that students from a diverse range of backgrounds get involved in the review and evaluation of the course or module?
    • How will the course team utilise alumni to review the ways in which the course/module best prepared them for the global workforce?

Inclusive Curriculum Framework: Videos

This video introduces the inclusive curriculum framework and details how its principles can be delivered from concept to review.

This video outlines details of Kingston's strategic steps to embed an inclusive curriculum following the University's Excellence Framework for an Inclusive Curriculum.

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Our Inclusive Curriculum Framework ensures that all our students achieve their potential by seeing themselves reflected in the curriculum that they experience.

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