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UM Inclusive Instruction Toolkit
The following is a best practices list created by Deirdre Hirschtritt for her appointment as University Library Associate with University of Michigan Library.
- Ask the instructor if any students require accommodations
- Use materials and examples that represent a diversity of identities and backgrounds
- Provide captions or transcripts for videos
- Ensure the physical space can be used by all students
- Moderate your speaking voice so that all students can understand you, speak slowly and clearly
- Be approachable and available to all students
- Try to present important concepts in multiple formats (i.e. verbally, in writing, print, and digitally)
- When demonstrating the library website move slowly and use the names of each item as they appear on the page
- Try to stay away from jargon and ensure you explain all the terms you use (i.e. subject terms, discovery search, ILL, etc.)
- Give students a variety of methods for interacting with the material (i.e. group work, lecture, etc.
Things to Consider
Other things to keep in mind while planning inclusive teaching sessions:
- Think about who is being left out by a particular approach.
- More structure works better for more people
- Too little structure inhibits learning and development