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1 Engaging Diverse Learners Workshop Institute for Learning Enhancement Facilitator: Professor Christine Hockings

2 In this workshop you will… a) explore principles and strategies to engage all students in the classroom; b) plan a teaching session using strategies that will engage diverse learners.

3 Student diversity – Students as individuals Social & ethnic backgrounds Differently abled Life, work & educational experiences Entry qualifications Prior knowledge & ways of knowing Approaches to learning When teachers see students as individuals, students become more engaged

4 How do you engage your students? A.In what ways are your students diverse? p.8 B.What do you know about their lives, backgrounds and interests? p.9 C.Describe the ways you attempt to engage all of these students? p.11 A.In what ways are your students diverse? p.8 B.What do you know about their lives, backgrounds and interests? p.9 C.Describe the ways you attempt to engage all of these students? p.11 In pairs discuss the questions A-C. Refer to your pre course forum posts or add in a new post Share your answers with the group. How do you know when your students are engaged?

5 Principles and strategies Play video Create safe, inclusive spaces Get to know students as individuals Establish ground rules for collaborative learning Harness students’ experience and knowledge Start with what students know, then apply theory (biographical turn) Connect with students’ lives and future aspirations Facilitate uncertainty, confusion & difference Encourage public articulation of thinking & problem solving Teach reflexively and with sensitivity to differences Mindful of impact of own beliefs and identity on student learning Coordinate interaction, mixing different students (with a purpose) Anticipate, prepare & respond flexibly to different and emerging requirements and interests

6 Examples of engaging diverse learners Go to WOLF topic Unit 2 Inclusive Pedagogy (pp.16-18) Read some of the case studies Play some of the clips of teachers engaging their diverse learners (See also LTI video collection Make a list of one or two strategies or techniques that you could try in our own sessions

7 Planning to engage all students Think of a session that you have run or will be running soon. Using the example of session plan provided redesign this session applying the principles of inclusive L&T Present this to the whole group or your neighbour highlighting particular inclusive and engaging features Evaluate your design and consider the implications on resourcing, etc. Give and receive feedback on your own and others’ session designs

8 Example / extract of session plan TimeTutor activityStudent activityResources equip, etc Inclusive? Engaging? Introduce topic and explain task. Watch/listen to video clips and make notes on ethical principles Subtitled video clips Students? Principles? Topic Business ethics AimsTo explore influences on ethical decision making in the workplace OutcomesYou will have reflected on your own & others’ ethical positions. Examined the impact of these and other factors on business decision making Students:. List the known composition of the group in terms of all aspects of diversity Evaluation: What methods / data you will use find out how inclusive and engaging this session has been for these students. How will you ‘judge’ the extent of inclusivity and engagement

9 Where to next? This workshop has addressed the UK Professional Standards (UKPSF) outlined below. A1 Design and plan learning activities and/or programmes of study; A2 Teach and/or support learning; A4 Develop effective learning environments and approaches to student support and guidance; V1 Respect individual learners and diverse learning communities; V2 Promote participation in higher education and equality of opportunity for learners (For full information about the these standards see Evidence gathered through the completion of activities associated with this workshop could contribute towards gaining Associate membership or Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. For information on how to apply to be a member of the Higher Education Academy, please see the HEA website (http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/professional-recognition) or attend the workshop ‘Joining the HEA – Supporting Your Application’ on the staff development website.http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/professional-recognition‘Joining the HEA – Supporting Your Application’staff development website


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