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Inclusive teaching strategies

Inclusive teaching refers to practices that support meaningful and accessible learning for all students.  The strategies covered on this page aim to recognize the diverse strengths students and instructors bring to class.

Design your course with inclusivity in mind

Using the principles of Universal Design for Learning, you can build course structures and experiences that help make learners feel welcome, safe, and valued.  Learn more about designing for inclusive learning.

Adopt accessible teaching strategies

Designing accessible, inclusive learning environments is essential for meeting the needs of students with disabilities, but also ultimately helps all UW students learn and succeed. Learn more about adopting accessible teaching strategies.

Create a respectful learning environment

While developing disciplinary knowledge and skills are important, higher education also prepares students to contribute and collaborate in complex, diverse settings. Learn more about creating respectful, inclusive classroom cultures.

Reflect on your teaching

Examining and reflecting on how your own identities shape your pedagogical values, biases, and relationships with students can help you build a more effective, engaging classroom. Learn more about developing a reflective teaching practice.

Strategies for engaging particular groups of students

All students face challenges as they pursue their educational aspirations. The links below provide strategies that support learners from particular backgrounds. Intentionally infusing your teaching practice with strategies to support the needs of a particular group of students often improves the learning environment for all students.