(A web based resource that provides Strategies for Creating Inclusive Programmes of Study)
Who is SCIPS for?
SCIPS is a resource, primarily for Lecturers /teachers and trainers, developed by Dr Val Chapman (NTF) at the University of Worcester. It offers strategies for promoting inclusive teaching, learning and assessment within programmes of study taught at degree level (including foundation degrees). By ‘inclusive’ we mean flexible academic practices that aim to meet the needs of all learners.
What does SCIPS do?
SCIPS identifies potential challenges that students with particular needs may experience in achieving and/or demonstrating key skills and attributes as defined within Subject Benchmark Statements. SCIPS offers strategies and adjustments to practice that academic staff might consider in helping address these challenges.
The advice included in SCIPS is supplemented with subject-specific case studies to highlight good practice. If you have examples of subject-specific strategies, case studies or resources that you would like to share with other SCIPS users, then please email these to us by clicking `Contact Us‘ on the left-hand toolbar.
Although your subject may not be included in the current 21 subjects (list below), you will find that the advice provided can be generalised to most subjects. Please take the time to have a look at our document on disability etiquette for general information about working with/or teaching students with additional needs or disabilities.
How do I use SCIPS?
You will find all of the links that you need to navigate the site on the left-hand toolbar. SCIPS users find the ‘browse’ function very helpful and we suggest you start here. If you want to learn more about how to use SCIPS, please click ‘Help‘ at the bottom of the toolbar for an on-line tutorial.
How should I reference material from SCIPS?
The information on SCIPS is open to all users and all materials are free to download – please reference the materials to http://www.scips.worc.ac.uk. As well as offering strategies for inclusive curriculum design, SCIPS acts as a gateway to hundreds of other resources resulting from research and project work conducted within the Higher Education sector both in the UK and overseas. You can view a list of resources that have been consulted during the production of SCIPS by clicking ‘References‘ on the left-hand toolbar.
Which subjects are included on this site?
|Biosciences||Learning Support (FD)|
|Computing||Manufacturing Management (FD)|
|Dance, Drama and Performance||Mathematics, Statistics and Operational Research|
|Early Years (FD)||Music|
|General Business and Management||Psychology|
|Hospitality, Leisure, Sport and Tourism||Veterinary Science|
|International Foundation Diploma (FD)|
We are continually evaluating and improving our web site in the light of feedback from users. We would very much appreciate it if you would take a couple of minutes to fill in the short questionnaire to help us further improve the site.
Further development of the SCIPS model:
As a result of successful bidding for Leonardo da Vinci funding, a project, QATRAIN 2, (November 2007 – October 2009) was undertaken that developed a new web-based resource to support teachers and trainers of disabled students in Vocational Education and Training.
Additionally, as a result of successful bidding for EU Grundtvig funding, the ETTAD project (December 2007 – October 2009) produced a resource that help teachers and trainers of Adult Education and Training to make their practice more inclusive.
The Centre for Inclusive Learning Support at the University of Worcester secured further EU funding under the Leonardo da Vinci Programme (2009-2011) .
The unique online resource, Q4S, provides support directly to disabled young people undertaking courses in mainstream VET by helping them to identify barriers to learning and by providing them with strategies and practical resources to overcome these barriers. As a result, Q4S contributes to their integration into mainstream training and subsequently into employment, thereby improving their life chances and enhancing the available pool of skilled labour. Please view the resource at www.q4s.eu.Q4S project was completed in September 2011.
- employability skills
- abilities which underpin the employability skills
- inclusive strategies and reasonable adjustments to practice