Engaging and training students in the development of inclusive learning materials for their peers

Sally Everett*, Gina Oswald

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    Abstract

    With equal access requirements and increasing rates of enrolment of students with disabilities in higher education, universities must find appropriate and efficient ways to create accessible materials which benefit and support all students. In response to cuts to disability funding, issues relating to the provision of an inclusive curriculum are now dominating institutional policy and educational discourses. This paper reports on a trans-Atlantic project which utilised student employees to convert and develop inclusive learning materials for their peers, with the expressed purpose of piloting a sustainable intervention method generalisable to meeting similar needs of diverse universities for inclusive material provision and a future workforce aware of disability issues and accommodations. Qualitative in-depth interviews with ten students (eight UK and two US) find that involving student employees in the delivery of inclusive materials improves partnerships and attitudes around disability and accessibility measures.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)802-817
    Number of pages16
    JournalTEACHING IN HIGHER EDUCATION
    Volume23
    Issue number7
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2018

    Keywords

    • accessible learning materials
    • inclusive curriculum
    • student participatory research
    • Universal design

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