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Inclusive university teaching

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities specifies that persons with disabilities have a right to unrestricted and equal access to higher education. TU Dortmund University is committed to this obligation and is continuously developing structures to enable the exercise of this human right. A decisive role is played by the teaching staff. In the sense of inclusive higher education didactics, it is on the one hand their task to design teaching and examination situations in such a way that students in the most diverse life situations can participate without discrimination and show their potential. On the other hand, they should show openness to students' individual needs and, if necessary, make individual adjustments in the sense of reasonable accommodation. DoBuS supports you in the implementation of inclusive university teaching with an advisory service, various workshops on university didactics and the provision of information materials.

Do you have students with health impairments or disabilities in your course and are not sure how to respond? You wonder if performance problems or unusual behavior of a student could be related to a health impairment? Are you unsure how to respond in these situations? Are you allowed to approach the student regarding the matter? Do you possibly even have to grant a disadvantage compensation? And if so, how does that work? How can you make your course as barrier-free and inclusive as possible?

DoBuS is able to advise you on these and all other questions. We support you in clarifying your questions, reducing uncertainties, jointly developing strategies for designing discrimination-free and inclusive teaching situations, or reflecting on your role in designing inclusive teaching.

The advice provided is based entirely on the respective needs. Often, just a few helpful suggestions about support services and information materials are enough. Sometimes, however, an intensive clarification process is necessary, in which we work together with you as an expert for your subject, with us as experts for possible solutions and, if necessary, also with the students as experts for their individual impairments to find ways to design teaching and examination situations. Even though such an approach may initially seem time-consuming, experience shows that such a clarification process and a joint search for solutions usually lead to the further course of a course becoming much easier.

The main focus of DoBuS is to raise awareness of the extremely diverse learning and study situations of students with health impairments or disabilities. The aim is to increase consciousness of the social processes of disability and to stimulate reflection on discriminating and exclusionary experiences. In addition, teachers are given the opportunity to expand their methodological-didactic repertoire so that they can proactively design barrier-free teaching-learning situations. Among other things, workshops will be held

  • on the inclusion-oriented design of courses,
  • for assessment without discrimination,
  • the design of accessible (PowerPoint) presentations and study materials

All workshops are subsidiary and complementary to the general offer of university didactic and in-house training, i.e. they take place within this framework and deepen it with regard to the topic of disability and study. 

If you are interested in our workshops, please do not hesitate to contact us. We will then give you concrete information about which workshops are currently planned or we will discuss whether it is possible to make an own offer for your work group in the sense of an in-house training.


Dr. Carsten Bender

as well as dobustu-dortmundde 

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Cam­pus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dort­mund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Cam­pus). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from North Cam­pus to South Cam­pus by car, there is the connection via Vo­gel­pothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Cam­pus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity has its own train station (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station (“Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duis­burg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop “Dort­mund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dort­mund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity. There are two stations on North Cam­pus. One (“Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Cam­pus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Cam­pus and offers a direct connection to South Cam­pus every five minutes.

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dort­mund Airport (DTM) to Dort­mund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dort­mund Central Station, you can continue to the uni­ver­si­ty campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of in­ter­na­tio­nal flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the uni­ver­si­ty station.

The facilities of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity are spread over two campuses, the larger Cam­pus North and the smaller Cam­pus South. Additionally, some areas of the uni­ver­si­ty are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.

Site Map of TU Dort­mund Uni­ver­sity (Second Page in English).