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Inclusive Learning Design in Higher Education
A Practical Guide to Creating Equitable Learning Experiences

  • Available for pre-order on May 2, 2023. Item will ship after May 23, 2023
ISBN 9781032136189
May 23, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
288 Pages 92 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

How can you design more inclusive learning experiences and environments? How can you overcome some of the challenges of designing and implementing more inclusive learning?

Readers will find the answers to these questions and much more in this dynamic new text. Asserting that good teaching is inclusive teaching, it demonstrates how university modules and courses can be designed so that each student, regardless of their complex diversity, is valued equally.

Drawing from the contributions of over 80 experts and colleagues alongside her own extensive experience, Rossi explores how to embed inclusivity at the point of course design and how to set up, run, assess and evaluate inclusive learning environments and experiences. Following a unique ‘roots to shoots’ journey through an inclusive learning design tree, chapters focus on 5 dimensions:

  • Values

  • Context

  • Content

  • Assessment

  • Evaluation

An accessible and practical guide for higher education course design, this book is a must read for higher education educators looking to be more inclusive in the way they design and offer learning experiences.

For further reading, please visit where you’ll find extended contributor bios, more case studies, key concepts and background, an 'inclusive learning design' checklist and glossary.

Table of Contents


About me



Structure and organisation of the book

SECTION 1: Learning Values – The roots

The ‘I’ root: Intentionally Equitable

The ‘N’ root: Nurturing

The ‘C’ root: Co-created

The ‘L’ root: Liberating

The ‘U’ root: User-friendly

The ‘S’ root: Socially Responsible

The ’I’ root: Integrative

The ’V’ root: Values-based

The ‘E’ root: Ecological


Where are you at now?

SECTION 2: Learning Context - Set up and Engagement

Chapter 1 – Ready? Setting up the physical and digital space

The physical learning spaces

The blended learning spaces

The digital learning spaces

The mobile learning spaces

Chapter 2 – Steady? Needs analysis and orientation

Needs analysis


Chapter 3 - Go! Building community and fostering a support culture

Students’ wellbeing

Starting the course

SECTION 3: Learning Content - Input and practice

Chapter 4 Using Learning Thresholds

Learning outcomes

Threshold concepts

Learning thresholds

Big ideas

Putting it all together

Chapter 5 Flipped and self-directed



Chapter 6 Diversified, relevant and creative




SECTION 4 - Learning Assessment – Output and feedback

Chapter 7 Choice, voice and authentic




Chapter 8 Reflective and formative

Reflective and formative assessment

Reflective and formative feedback

Chapter 9 Self and peer assessment and feedback

SECTION 5 – Learning Evaluation

Chapter 10 Lesson evaluation

Chapter 11 Course evaluation



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Virna Rossi is a teacher educator based in London, UK. A passionate teacher since 1998, she has worked in all educational sectors: Primary, Secondary, College (FE), Adult Education, Higher Education.