Learn more about Inclusive Teaching and Learning

On this page, we provide some links to useful reading, podcasts, videos and training modules where you can learn more about inclusive curriculum and inclusive practices in teaching and learning. These materials can be of interest to both students and staff.

See also the EDI Office Training page for more training opportunities.


Accessibility Quick Tips and Resources 


Making your documents accessible

Accessible documents are only a few steps away!

Word Documents:

  • Use a sans serif font (e.g. Arial, Verdana, Calibri) in size 12 at least. Use 1.5 spacing and left align the text.
  • Avoid underlining or italicising text. Use bold instead.
  • Use Heading styles and formatting. This makes it easier for screen reader users to navigate the document.
  • Ensure there is good contrast between the font and paper colours.
  • Use the Microsoft Word Accessibility Checker to make sure your document is accessible.

PDF Documents:

  • You can export an accessible PDF from an accessible word document.
  • Scan a document (e.g. chapter from a book) using one of the many free OCR engines that will convert what is been scanned into text that can be read aloud (traditional scanners will only scan into an image).
  • If your PDF is not accessible, e.g an image, ensure that there is an alternative version available like a word document.

Powerpoint Documents:

  • Use a template on Microsoft Powerpoint. These already have reading order and heading styles - key for those using screen readers. (See below for a link to Trinity PowerPoint templates)
  • Take advantage of the Powerpoint Accessibility Checker (under the Review tab) to point out and show you how to resolve inaccessibility.
  • Use sans-serif fonts like Arial, Bahnschrift and Helvetica.
  • Make sure that every bullet point has a full stop.
  • Use alt text on images. (Alt text is an alternative image description, added for screen reader users. Screen readers are used by people with visual impairments which read out text in audio format.)
  • Choose colours that are in high contrast to each other. Avoid black on white as they can cause glare for some users.
  • Provide a transcript of any audio visual material in the notes section of the slides.
  • Circulate your presentation in advance of the event, lecture or meeting. This ensures that people can read ahead and have an easier time following the presentation. It will also allow people with visual impairments to navigate the presentation in advance or afterwards.

Social media accessibility

Social media accessibility is easier than you think.

  • Use a sans serif font (e.g. Arial, Verdana, Calibri) in size 12 at least. Use 1.5 spacing and left align the text.
  • Avoid underlining or italicising text. Use bold instead.
  • Use Heading styles and formatting. This makes it easier for screen reader users to navigate the document.
  • Ensure there is good contrast between the font and paper colours.
  • Use the Microsoft Word Accessibility Checker to make sure your document is accessible.


Inclusivity resources for Trinity Students and Staff

Trinity’s classes are full of students with unique learning abilities and circumstances, including disabilities, English as an additional language, or those who are simply time poor - student parents or those with caring responsibilities. Blackboard Ally is integrated into Blackboard, helping lecturers by automatically scanning your original content and performing a series of steps to make them more accessible for you, and allowing students to download the material in a number of formats appropriate to your needs - from audio files, to braille, to html.

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Trinity Students and Staff: Gateway to Digital Assessment

The Gateway to Digital Assessment, developed by Trinity Academic Practice, is a resource hub offering a space for both staff and students to connect, reflect and learn more about how to make full and effective use of digital assessment strategies. Particularly insightful is the Student Perspectives page where you can hear from students themselves on their views and experiences of a range of digital assessment approaches.

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The Towards Inclusive Clubs and Societies Project aims to support the development of clubs and societies that are inclusive to disabled people. It provides a checklist, guidelines and training videos to help clubs and societies improve their inclusivity and accessibility. A great resource for anyone seeking to be inclusive in their student engagement.

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TiLT is a Trinity College Dublin start-up team working in conjunction with Dr. Anne Holohan, the ADAPT Centre and numerous trial partners. This diverse team of academics, designers and developers are working together to produce accessible, research-based training that addresses unconscious and systemic biases. These are embedded into a digital role-play game. The storylines and issues in the games come from research, but the characters are wholly fictional. Players enjoy the experience and gain useful knowledge, such as making considered decisions, monitoring own behaviour, avoiding making assumptions, and paying attention to biases that are discriminatory and therefore illegal.

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The module is targeted to the needs of academic staff and all those who support teaching and learning at Trinity. The module is grounded in the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and modelled on the AHEAD/National Forum for Teaching and Learning/UCD Digital Badge for Universal Design in Teaching and Learning, tailored to the Trinity context. In the module, participants explore UDL principles as a point of entry to identify wider strategies for enhancing inclusive practices in teaching and learning. The module is not intended to provide one way of doing inclusion, but considers that inclusive practice is adaptive, iterative, and highly contextual. We hope the module offers you a tool kit of suggestions to support reflection on your own teaching practices within your own context and discipline. Trinity staff interested in taking part in this 20-hour module, please contact trinityinc@tcd.ie

Useful Webinars

This lecture provides an understanding of the importance of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in the context of increasingly diverse student populations. Hosted by School of Education, Trinity College Dublin, and supported by the Ireland Canada University Foundation D’Arcy McGee Beacon Fellowship. Chaired by Dr Joanne Banks with introductions from James Kelly, CEO Ireland Canada University Foundation, and Dr Rachel Hoare, Project Director Trinity Inclusive Curriculum. The lecture website has recordings from the lecture as well as other video and written resources.

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This webinar explored sexism, racism and class, and how their intersections specifically affect women from ethnic minority backgrounds in higher education. Keynote speakers include Dr Ebun Joseph (Institute of Antiracism and Black Studies, Ireland) and Dr Keisha Lindsay (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA) who spoke on the topic of Black and ethnic minority women in higher education in Ireland and the US. The webinar was supported by the Trinity Equality Fund and the School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin.

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Speaking at the 31st Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition, Cairo addressed the conference theme of encompassing all voices by speaking about how education systems tend to elevate the stories of dominant groups. She called upon all in attendance to have the care, courage and humility that it takes to fight marginalisation.

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Students' Perspectives

Review the materials developed by the Trinity-INC Student Partner Programme


Other Trinity Student Resource

Learn about the supports for our growing neurodiverse student population in Trinity, including a sensory project which aims to improve our campus environment. In this short video (YouTube), Trinity student, Ben Rowsome, discusses a recent survey with students with Autism in Trinity, and what we can do to support them and their learning.

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This EDTL webinar involves a panel of students including Mary Geraghty and Courtney McGrath from the Trinity Ability co-op and Jamie Twomey from UCC, who talk about what works and what doesn’t work for them with online learning. Watch it now on the EDTL website

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In this training, Trinity alumni and occupational therapist discuss matters such as terminology and language, attitudes and bias, and how you can be an Ally, as well as suggestions for resources across Trinity. Watch it now (youtube)

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A co-operative movement by disabled students in Trinity College Dublin toward radical inclusion. Their website offers a wide range of materials and information.

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Other key Trinity links

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Trinity Disability Service

The Trinity Disability Service seeks to empower disabled students to achieve their potential and, in collaboration with students, engage the University community in creating an inclusive transformational environment and provide a platform for innovation and inclusion.

Visit the Trinity Disability Service
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TCD Sense – Trinity Sensory Processing Project

TCD Sense is a major research and refurbishment project with multiple partners across Trinity: Trinity Disability Service, the Discipline for Occupational Therapy, Trinity Library and the Students’ Union, to create environments across Trinity that allow students and staff with different sensory preferences to flourish.  

Visit TCD Sense

Key External Links

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HSE Guidlines on Communication

Click here for HSE guidelines on communication, including "Communicating with a person with intellectual disabilities", "Communicating with a person who is hard of hearing or Deaf" and much more.  

Visit the HSE Guidelines
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Click here for guidelines on Easy-to-Read material. Easy-to-Read powerpoints and documents are very beneficial for presenting information to those who may have intellectual disabilities. They allow for a better learning process and help towards more meaningful participation.  

Visit Easy-to-Read