Pillar three: Education

Education is one of the Swinburne AccessAbility Action Plan's (AAP) six key pillars for action. 

We will provide inclusive and accessible educational environments, making reasonable adjustments to meet the specific needs of our students living with disability, and carers. We will promote inclusive and accessible practice across the university and actively identify and address barriers to ensure that everyone has access to education and research opportunities across our vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate program areas.

Goal

Provide university-wide accessible and inclusive learning, education and research practice.

Actions and responsibility

3.1 Ensure that eligible students living with disability, and carers, are able to negotiate and obtain reasonable adjustments when required for examination and assessment processes, and ensure that these processes are fair, valid, reliable and robust in terms of academic standards.

Responsibility: Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost with Executive Deans and Associate Deans, Learning Innovation (HEd), Executive Director, Pathways and Vocational Education, Director, Educational Leadership and Student Experience, Director of Learning, Swinburne Online, and Manager, Student Equity and Disability Services

3.2 Create opportunities in educational curriculum and extra-curricular activities to enhance student understanding and awareness of issues related to living with a disability, and caring.

Responsibility: Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost with Pro Vice-Chancellor, Student Advancement, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Digital Frontiers, Executive Deans and Associate Deans, Learning Innovation (HEd), Executive Director, Pathways and Vocational Education, Director, Educational Leadership and Student Experience, Director of Learning, Swinburne Online, and Manager, Student Equity and AccessAbility Services

3.3 Develop and disseminate resources to assist academic/teaching staff in making reasonable adjustments as required.

Responsibility: Manager, Student Equity and AccessAbility Services

3.4 Maintain awareness of latest technological accessibility aides and showcase these, through partnership with Digital Aquarium, to students and staff living with disability.

Responsibility: Manager, Student Equity and AccessAbility Services with Pro Vice-Chancellor, Digital Frontiers and Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning Transformations

3.5 Monitor and improve as required, equipment and software for Library services and information resources for people living with disability.

Responsibility: Director, Information Resources and Director, Information Technology

3.6 Develop Accessibility Guidelines for curriculum, research and learning materials, including online and other digital learning technologies that support increased access for people living with disability, and carers, including Indigenous and other students in rural and remote locations.

Responsibility: Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost with Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning Transformations, Director, Information Resources and Director, Information Technology

3.7 Maintain awareness of research projects and encourage consideration of disability issues where appropriate.

Responsibility: Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research with Pro Vice-Chancellor, Digital Frontiers