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Assistance and Learning

Diversity can only be lived through your interest, your openness and your commitment!

To support you, you will find here handouts and good practice examples on the topic of diversity at the HHU as well as interactive learning opportunities to raise awareness.

Assistance and Learning

Diversity workshop

The Diversity Coordination Office offers a Diversity Training for interested lecturers, employees and students of HHU in cooperation with the University Didactics.

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Knowledge Quiz - Diversity in General

Here you can easily test and deepen your knowledge about diversity in general. You can expect 10 diverse questions in the learning platform "ILIAS".

For this you have to log on to Ilias with your university ID. The quiz is anonymous and your username cannot be traced by us.

Just click on the link and you can start with the quiz.

undefinedKnowledge Quiz - Diversity in General (in German)


Barriers-sensitive introduction to courses

At the beginning of the first course, teaching staff may ask if there is any need of support for students to succefully participate in this class. They may also offer that they can discreetly discuss this with the teaching staff after the class or on an agreed date in the office of the teaching staff.

There is e.g. already a undefinedbrochure giving didactical hints regarding students with disabilities and chronic diseases at the HHU (in German), which can thereby help the teaching staff.

Diversity-sensitive description of courses (in HIS-LFS)

By providing the following information within the description of courses in HIS-LFS, one can convey diversity sensitivity and address a greater range of diverse students:

  • The accessibility of the auditorium or seminar room (for example, if access is possible with a wheelchair, if there are height-adjustable tables, etc.).
  • The possibility to approach the teacher staff beforehand if there are any barriers that would make participation in the course more difficult.
  • The direct and open approach of specific groups, to make clear that they are welcome to attend the course (for example, international (exchange) students).

Gender neutral attendance lists and queries

If attendance lists are read aloud or passed around for signing, only the last name of a person should be mentioned, or if necessary the last name and the first letter of the first name (eg A. Müller). This way for example, Trans*persons, whose name change is not yet official and who are currently in the transition phase, are less exposed.

Video recordings of courses

Through the video recordings of courses, students have the opportunity to review the content of the event according to their needs.     

  • For example, students who have missed an course, e.g. because of an emergency, necessary child care, care of relatives, illness, etc., are able to make up for the missed content.
  • Students with (learning) impairments and international students, who did not learn German as their mother language, can individually work up the content according to their own needs and abilities.

Further information can be found under video recordings of courses (German page) of the Center for Information and Media Technologies (ZIM).

Equality and Diversity at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at HHU is committed to openness and inclusion. Under this link you will find general information on diversity, as well as helpful links and contact persons at the faculty.

Checklist for the Organization of accessible events

A guide provided by the Diversity Coordination Office on how to plan and carry out barrier-free events - in class and at functions.
If you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact the Advice Center of the Representative for Students with Disabilities or Chronic Illnesses in advance.

PDF-Download (english)


Handbook for Low-Barrier Teaching

A Guide for CAU Teachers

Students with health impairments or disabilities are dependent on special support during their studies. The University of Kiel advises and accompanies these students and has made structural adjustments to make it easier for them to study: technical learning aids, alternative exams or time extensions for exams and term papers to compensate for disadvantages are just a few examples presented in this brochure.

Handbook for Low-Barrier Teaching in german (PDF-Download)


Designing online education accessible for all (Date: May 2020)

When planning digital learning opportunities, it is important to consider the highest possible degree of accessibility. The Diversity Coordination Office, together with the Counselling Centre for Students with Disabilities or Chronic Illnesses (BBSt) and the Centre for Information and Media Technology (ZIM), has compiled a "paper of nine points" (german, pdf download) which is intended to support teachers in this process.

Designing online education accessible for all (Date: July 2020)

In order to ensure that students with possible impairments are not excluded due to technical problems, tips and suggestions for the most successful organisation and participation in digital courses are currently being compiled. You can find the document here (german, pdf download).

Leaflet Diversity at HHU

The leaflet "Diversity at HHU" contains information on diversity, the individual dimensions of diversity and the appropriate HHU counselling centres.

Diversity at HHU (english) (Pdf-Download)


Brochure Planning and Organizing Events

A guideline of the IQ Competence Centre for Intercultural Opening and Anti-Discrimination for the planning of diverse, sustainable and inclusive events.

Brochure "Planning and implementing events" (PDF-Download, german)


German English Glossary of HHU

The glossary provides HHU-specific terms regarding its institutions, offices, study-and research programs among others in German and English.

German English Glossary of HHU


Didactical Guide regarding Students with Chronic Diseases & Disabilities

A guide for lecturers and staff with recommendations for dealing with students with chronic diseases and disabilities from the commissioner for students with disabilities and chronic diseases can be found here:

"Didactical Guide (German)" (Pdf-Download)


Learning and Teaching Diversity - a university book

Diversity management is a task that a university must face as an overall organisation. The volume "Learning and Teaching Diversity - A University Book" provides a comprehensive look at the work with diversity at higher education institutions. In practical contributions, diversity experts from universities in Germany and abroad share their knowledge and experience of diversity management in the core areas of teaching, research, strategy/structures/processes and competence development.

Learning and Teaching Diversity - a university book in german (link to free download)


Diversity Competence in Higher Education: An e-learning tool for university lecturers

Diversity Competence in Higher Education: An e-learning tool for university lecturers
This instrument is aimed at university lecturers who want to develop their diversity skills. It was developed jointly by the University of Cologne and the RWTH Aachen University to support you in implementing diversity-compatible teaching.

Here you can register for the tool on the e-learning platform ILIAS.

Important note for non-affiliates of the University of Cologne: Register with ILIAS using your name and e-mail address. Then you have to click the confirmation link that will be sent to you by e-mail within one day. Then go to the tab "Magazine" on your homepage and click on "DiVers". On the far right of the page you can confirm your membership under "Actions". You are then automatically a member of the DiVers project.


Guide to the many small differences

A handbook with terms on sexual and gender diversity, created by the project ANDERS & GLEICH of LAG Lesben in NRW.

Guide to the many small differences (Pdf-Download; german)



Guide "Gender-sensitive Language"

Gender-sensitive language contributes actively to social change, helps to reduce discrimination and enables the visibility of diverse groups. Below you can download the guide to gender-sensitive language of the Central Equal Opportunities Officer of HHU.

Guide "Gender-sensitive Language" (German) (Pdf-Download)


Gender Equitable University - Online Tool of the University of Frankfurt

Online tool for self-evaluation and further education at the University of Frankfurt to support teaching staff in self-reflecting on their practice as university teachers and in developing gender-equitable teaching.

Online tool for self-evaluation and further education (in german/ french)


Recommendation for diversity sensitive Education

The „Recommendation for diversity sensitive Education” and the extended digital version are aimed at providing all students with a successful participation in the learning process. The goal of this recommendation is to give lecturers the tools to further their diversity sensitive perspective. The Download link for the recommendation and a brief outline of its contents can be found here.


HHU Leadership Code of Conduct

In order to ensure that the relationship between staff members is always characterized by mutual respect, esteem and compassion, HHU has adopted a Leadership Code of Conduct. This is directed both to the professors as well as to all other senior staff members of the University. It relays to our understanding of management and emphasizes the importance of motivation, support, active communication and transparent decisions.

Broschure Leadership Code of Conduct (German) (Pdf-Download)


Collection of Methods for HHU Lecturers

The team of the university didactics within the iQu project has collected the most common questions and requests from lecturers at HHU and has put together methods to help you design your day-to-day teaching.

Collection of Methods (German) (PDF-Download)


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