inclusionED: New online community to make classrooms more inclusive
Autism CRC and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have collaborated to launch inclusionED an online platform where teachers from all around Australia can access and share professional resources to help make their classrooms more inclusive.
inclusionED was established with the input of more than 200 teachers, parents and professionals who helped to design, develop and evaluate the online community.
IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke said inclusionED provided an opportunity for teachers to come together online to access and share resources, teaching practices and ideas on how to make schools more inclusive.
“This platform will greatly assist teachers in helping to provide neuro-diverse students and students with learning difficulties opportunities to excel in school and act as a place where teachers can share resources with each other and access professional development.”
According to the Autism CRC, the support and scaffolding diverse learners, including children on the autism spectrum, receive during school can set the trajectory for the rest of their lives.
Professor Suzanne Carrington, the School Years Program Director at AUTISM CRC and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Education at QUT said the typical Australian classroom has at least three students who have a learning difficulty or neurodevelopmental disability.
“Underpinned by the principles of Universal Design for Learning, inclusionED supports flexible approaches that can be customised for individualised learning, whether students are at school or at home,” Professor Carrington said.
“inclusionED provides evidence-based and research informed teaching practices, videos, printable templates and other resources,” she said.
The website has already received praise and positive feedback from teachers who have used it, with the research that informed resources developed for inclusionED being undertaken through 25 Austism CRC projects over six years.
Access is free and registration is simple, members can find out more information here.