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Guidance on creating safe and inclusive learning spaces

Guidance on creating safe and inclusive learning spaces

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Further to feedback from colleagues that they would benefit from ideas on how to provide effective interventions when witnessing poor online behaviours, we have developed a toolkit with colleagues from the Digital Skills team, Careers Service and ART Students. You can access the toolkit via the Professional Development for Student Support toolkits (behind EASE): Creating Safe and Inclusive Online Learning Spaces

The University of Edinburgh is committed to fostering a safe and inclusive learning environment both online and off. As our hybrid model of learning and teaching involves more engagement with digital tools and forums, some students may require extra guidance when it comes to appropriate online behaviour.

Creating safe digital spaces for the University community requires both timely staff moderation and student cooperation. It is crucial that students understand what is expected of them within digital spaces, including what might constitute misconduct. It is also important that everyone does their part in fostering and maintaining safe and inclusive virtual environments.

This toolkit aims to support staff in providing effective interventions when witnessing poor online behaviours that fail to adhere to the University’s Dignity and Respect Policy and/or Code of Student Conduct. It also serves as a complement to the University’s Virtual Classroom Policy and Digital Citizenship Guide.


Creating Safe and Inclusive Online Learning Spaces | The University of Edinburgh (toolkit is behind EASE login)

Digital Citizenship Guide

Virtual Classroom Policy

Dignity and Respect Policy

Code of Student Conduct


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