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Inclusive Teaching and Learning

In considering the needs of all students, inclusive and accessible teaching practices have been introduced to remove any barriers to learning. This will enable you to prepare for your sessions and undertake independent study so that you can be as effective as possible in your learning.  

Your tutor will place learning support materials on Blackboard at least 24 hours in advance of your lecture or seminar so that you can review them prior to a session, to look up terminology, and consider any questions you may wish to ask.  The materials are presented in Word or accessible PDF to be compatible with screen readers.  If you source any resources which are not accessible, Sensus Access, a conversion software, is available to you and will convert documents in to an accessible format or MP3 file:

The availability of support materials like notes also enables you to adjust the view of them to your preferred style (background colour, size and font colour).

There may be occasions where the advance release of support materials like notes is not possible due to the content of the session. Where this occurs, the materials will either be released during the session or at the end or after the session as appropriate.

If you require notes on a particular colour of paper, it is your responsibility to print these when notes have been provided in advance. On occasions where materials are only released during the session, please advise the tutor of your requirements where it is not feasible to use a coloured overlay.

Note making

Making notes is different to taking notes. Taking notes involves writing everything down whilst making notes involves considering what you see and hear and your own independent thoughts, and summarising what you have learnt from engaging in the learning.

Where it is appropriate for tutor notes to be released in advance of a session, if you bring these notes to the session you will be able to add your notes to the pre-prepared resources. You can use your laptop or mobile device in class to make notes. Please ensure you have sufficient charge on your device before attending the session.

Note making is a skill that you will need to develop to be successful in your studies. There are many different styles of note making which can make referring back to your notes for assessment or revision purposes or for recalling practical skills much easier. The Library runs workshops which will enable you to explore the most effective type of note making for you dependent upon the purpose of the notes, the type of session, the discipline and your individual learning style.  There are many resources available to support you in developing note making skills:

It is unlikely that you will be able to record all conversations and so you will need to develop the ability to make succinct and accurate notes. Developing note making skills is a graduate attribute which you will require in many professions.

Reading lists

Reading lists have been provided to help in your research and to enable you to prioritise your reading. The lists separate out core/essential reading from further reading. You may filter your selection by type of resource, for example online or print materials. Your School’s Academic Librarian may be able to assist you in prioritising your reading list particularly if you find accessing text challenging.

Glossary of terminology

In developing your academic writing it is important to use appropriate discipline-based terminology and to ensure you are writing using the appropriate conventions such as grammar, punctuation and spelling. This is particularly important where the correct use of language is an intended learning outcome which you will be assessed against.

It is recommended that you develop a glossary of terminology to record new terminology and their definitions. Taking time to become familiar with new terminology and definitions will enhance your academic writing and improve professional expression and confidence when presenting or writing in the course of your studies.

A glossary can also be used to record spellings which you or your tutors may have identified pose a difficulty. Glossaries can either use an electronic glossary builder or an A-Z index note book for easy reference.