Inclusive Teaching and Assessment Practices Project
The Inclusive Teaching and Assessment Practices Project was a Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Programme (HEPPP) initiative, from July 2012 to December 2014.
In August 2012 the Federal Government announced targets to increase within the tertiary sector the participation, retention and successful study completion of students from low SES backgrounds. It is expected that this increase will result in a rise in diversity within the student population.
In response to the predicted shift in the make-up of the student cohort, the Inclusive Teaching and Assessment Practices Project was initiated by the Dean, Learning and Teaching.
Aim of the project
The aim of the project was to address the needs of a diverse student population through inclusive approaches to curriculum design, teaching delivery and assessment.
In order to achieve the project aims, a project team worked collaboratively with teaching practitioners, student services professional staff, and Academic Development Group staff to:
- Design and trial new and existing inclusive teaching approaches, learning activities and assessment tasks
- Produce hands-on teaching resources and assessment materials which support an inclusive teaching practice
- Provide and assist with professional development resources and delivery in inclusive teaching.
The RMIT Inclusive Teaching and Assessment Practices Project final report [PDF, 3.77 MB, 141 pages] was published in November 2014 and provides details of the project outcomes and recommendations.
Key project references
In particular, the work of Griffiths (2010) and Hockings (2010) in the UK and Devlin et al (2012) in the Australian context have been instrumental in the development of the principles.
- Devlin, M., Kift, K., Nelson, K., Smith, L. & Mackay, J. (2012) Effective teaching and support of students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds: Practical advice for teaching staff. Office for Learning and Teaching, Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.
- Griffiths, S. (2010). Teaching for Inclusion in Higher Education: A Guide to practice. Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom and All Ireland Society for Higher Education.
- Hockings, C. (2010). Inclusive learning and teaching in higher education: A synthesis of research. York: Higher Education Academy.