This toolkit is meant to help library instructors make their teaching more accessible and inclusive of all students. There are 4 components.

This toolkit includes:

  1. For the instructor with little time to spare, there’s a top ten list of best practices for inclusive teaching.
  2. There is an inclusive instruction observation checklist, for colleagues to observe each other’s instruction in a structured format.
  3. For those who want to delve into these issues in dialogue, there are selected articles and accompanying questions to stimulate discussion.
  4. Finally, the toolkit includes a list of resources, broken down by type of instruction, for instructors to explore a particular part of their lessons in depth.

Why you should use this toolkit:

Perhaps you’ve encountered one of these scenarios in the past:

    • You wanted to ensure that your classroom is accessible and inclusive of all students, but you didn’t know how to analyze if you succeeded at doing so.
    • You had a student who needed accommodation in your class, but didn’t know how to address their need.
    • You delivered a variety of material, but weren’t sure if the students retained what you taught.

This toolkit outlines multiple answers to these issues. Whether students have a stated need, or one that you might not know about, following the best practices offered within this toolkit will help you lay a solid foundation for all to learn equitably.

You’ll be afforded opportunities to assess your existing practices as well as access resources for further growth. This set of tools will draw your awareness to a range of learning styles, needs, and preferences, and offer guidance about how to best accommodate them.

You are encouraged to navigate the toolkit the way you choose, guided by your preferred learning style. It's a customizable set of resources that meets instructors where they’re at and takes them one step further in ensuring access to learning for all in their classrooms.

About the Toolkit

This toolkit was created in 2017 by Deirdre Hirschtritt as a capstone project for her two-year appointment as a University Library Associate. The ULA program has been a collaboration between the University Library and the School of Information, providing immersive experiences for graduate students specializing in research librarianship. We are deeply grateful for Deirdre's hard work in creating this useful resource.

The toolkit is now managed by the University Library's Instructor College, and questions about this material -- or suggestions for edits or additions -- can be sent to instructor-college@umich.edu. This is intended to be a dynamic site, regularly updated with new information and connections to other parts of campus that are also focusing on building inclusive teaching skills, so we welcome and encourage your ideas!

A short link to this site is: bit.ly/UMInclusiveInstruction

The Inclusive Instruction Toolkit is shared under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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