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Accessible Teaching

What does "inclusive teaching" mean?

  • Students can participate with equal opportunities without having to "come out" or make "special requests".

  • It is not about "goodwill," "niceness," or "less rigor," but about universities' responsibility to provide accessible study opportunities.

  • Differences are perceived positively and as opportunities to learn with each other, not as barriers.

What challenges can students with impairments have in their studies?

  • Unforeseen interruptions in studies due to exacerbation or prolonged periods of pain.

  • Time and formal requirements in studies: inflexible organization, examination mode, study organization, compulsory attendance, registration procedures, submission deadlines, etc.

  • If the topic is handled as taboo, lack of information and contact persons.

What can teachers do to ensure that teaching is as inclusive as possible?

  • Already in the first unit of a course, explain the possibilities of additional support and actively address them.

  • Signal open communication and responsiveness, offer personal contact: Office hours, e-mail, telephone.

  • Reliable planning and design of course units: Time, place, content. Especially with special forms such as excursions, block units, make sure to communicate everything well.

  • Complete, accessible documentation of teaching and learning content, preparation of materials.

  • Make teaching and learning content available in advance, e.g. on learning platforms.

  • Pay attention to the time factor, give time.

  • If advice or support is needed, refer to the contact person in the Student Welcome Center, or feel free to contact her directly.