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The Inclusive Course Design Tool

The Inclusive Course Design Tool information

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All colleagues involved with the design and delivery of our courses.
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The Inclusive Course Design Tool (ICDT) is a downloadable, editable Microsoft Word document with hyper-linked resources. The Inclusive Course Design Tool can be downloaded using the pink box on the left hand menu. The Inclusive Course Design Tool can be used to help course teams reflect and focus on the design and delivery of high quality, inclusive UG and PG courses at LBU.
Course teams should consider the questions listed as a way of interrogating and reflecting on their inclusive practice.

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Course Directors and their teams should use and complete the Tool to review and reflect on the way in which each course (UG and PG) enables inclusivity.

Course Directors and their teams should try to consider and discuss all the Tool questions. The 13 questions flagged with blue flag impact most directly on the attainment and experience of BAME students and should be prioritised.

Please ensure your action plan for 2021-22 considers all the flagged questions.

Course Directors and their teams should complete the Tool and generate a plan for action on the template circulated by QAS to be signed off in the School by the end of July 2022.

This early review phase of reflection and discussion is to enable a gap analysis and the development of an action plan for each course to drive further improvements to support inclusivity of courses for implementation in 2022/23. 

Deans should oversee and provide a report for assurance to AQSC in October 2022 (the deadline for this committee, is mid-September 2022) that all courses have completed the Tool and have appropriate action plans in place, incorporated in the MARE process for oversight and monitoring. Action plans should be signed off in the School, by the Dean or Heads of Subject, where agreed by the Dean. 

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Action plans should be in place and be implemented during 2022/23. Deans will provide a report for assurance to AQSC in October 2023 on the completion of the implementation of these inclusivity action plans.   

The Inclusive Course Design Tool should also be used in the development and design of all new courses and needs to be signed off prior to submission of documentation for validation. The documentation for validation should express clearly how the course has been designed to support inclusivity. The Tool helps the course team reflect on the key issues which inform best inclusive practice.

Plus Icon The structure

This Tool is structured in six parts – planning your course, managing your course, supporting all students on the course, building the course community, developing all students on the course, challenging all students on the course (Pickford, 2018 ).

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 Consideration of all our diverse student groups and how to maximise their learning and attainment is fundamental to course design and delivery and we must enable all students to be satisfied with their learning experience and progress to complete their study with a positive outcome.

Institutional priorities (for satisfaction, continuation and graduate employment) and requirements for the UK Quality Code for HE, our institutional APP and FHEQ requirements and outcomes are encapsulated in the Tool’s reflective questions.
Questions marked with a   highlight some important areas which may help to address our BAME student attainment gap.

This work forms an integral element of our Education Strategy – to provide all our students with an excellent education and experience.  This also supports and informs our commitment and OfS requirement under Condition of Registration B2. This means we “must support all students, from admission through to completion, with the support that they need to succeed in and benefit from higher education”. In addition, it addresses Condition B3, that we “deliver successful outcomes for all students, which are recognised and valued by employers, and/or enable further study”.

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In place of face to face training, staff can access a narrated PowerPoint presentation by Prof. Sue Smith. The presentation discusses the reason for the Tool, its format, the timeline and goes through some example questions to support you. You can access the recording using this One Drive link (PowerPoint Presentation)

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There are supporting resources available for all the questions by clicking on the pink box in the left hand menu. In addition, two key documents to support the completion of The Inclusive Course Design Tool are the Course Development Principlesand the Inclusive Assessment Guidance linked here

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Page last updated: 02/07/2022

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