The Science Classroom Inclusivity Guidelines were released in 2019 to inform inclusive classroom practice and reflect the most contemporary research across the equity, diversity and inclusion field. These include five themes (diverse course content; personal pronouns; accessibility awareness; inclusive language; making assumptions) focused on face-to-face instruction.
The Inclusive Online Learning Guidelines refine and extend these guidelines to include online and blended learning environments. These guidelines include three top guidelines which are: Communicate for Inclusion, Increase Digital Accessibility, and Create Inclusive Digital Spaces.
Both guides were developed in light of the absence of comprehensive guidelines that cover inclusivity in both traditional and virtual classrooms that seek to provide valuable information in readily accessible documents.
Research indicates that students are more likely to flourish academically and personally in academic settings that acknowledge and respect their personal experiences, identities and backgrounds.