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Good Practices

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).

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