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Accessibility and Inclusion

Inclusive learning and teaching practices are vital to a positive student experience. In the online learning environment, learner-content, learner-learner, learner-instructor and learner-technologies/ interface interactions (Woods & Baker, 2004; Moore, 2007) are core components of engagement and must be considered with inclusion and accessibility in mind and practice. This page provides useful information on accessibility at Curtin, for Online, and tools or frameworks you might find useful to provide an inclusive learning environment for all students.

Accessibility @ Curtin

The Disability Access and Inclusion Plan (DAIP) is a long-term plan with key goals and milestones that focus on accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities, staff and students.

The Supporting Students with Disabilities page has a wealth of information regarding CAP plans and support for how to implement reasonable adjustment requests. These tools help staff support students who seek assistance and require additional accommodations to learn successfully. The AccessAbility team support students with their CAP plans throughout their studies.

Creating Accessible materials

There are a number of resources available which will assist you in developing a working knowledge about what makes documents or online material accessible.


Accessible and Inclusive framework for delivery

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

UDL is an approach to the course and assessment design and delivery that considers the broadest range of needs and preferences of diverse students. UDL enhances the learning experience for all learners, in turn reducing the need to make a multitude of individual adjustments for students.

TO help understand the basics of UDL there is a newly developed free course delivered by the Australian Disability Clearing House on Education and Training (ADCET) for Higher Education and VET providers, linked below in Online Courses. The course provides useful examples of ways to apply UDL.

UDL guidlines: Engagement, Representation, Action & ExpressionCAST: UDL Framework 3 key areas of focus


Working with Students 
In the context of inclusive teaching practices which enhance the learning for all students, it is valuable to know more about the impact on learning of specific impairments in order to better meet the needs of your current students.

Considerations for Incarcerated students

ACUE Inclusive practices

The Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) suggests 10 practical ways to implement inclusive practice right away. They include:

  1. Ensure your course reflects a diverse society and world.
  2. Ensure course media are accessible.
  3. Ensure your syllabus sets the tone for diversity and inclusion.
  4. Use inclusive language.
  5. Share your gender pronouns.
  6. Learn and use students’ preferred names.
  7. Engage students in a small-group introductions activity.
  8. Use an interest survey to connect with students.
  9. Offer inclusive office hours.
  10. Set expectations for valuing diverse viewpoints.