1st Edition

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

By Virna Rossi Copyright 2023
    344 Pages 92 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    344 Pages 92 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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?

    You 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 five 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 inclusivelearningdesign.com where you’ll find extended contributor bios, more case studies, key concepts and background, an 'inclusive learning design' checklist and glossary.

    About me




    Structure and organisation of the book

    SECTION 1: Learning Values – The roots

    Roots to shoots approach

    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’ well-being

    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




    Virna Rossi is a teacher educator based in London, UK. A passionate teacher since 1999, she has worked in all educational sectors: Primary, Secondary, College (FE), Adult Education and Higher Education.