Madhumita Bhattacharya and Maggie Hartnett, authors of Chapter 4 “Addressing Diversity in Design of Online Courses”, offer advice on how the teacher and designer of the learning environment must possess and inculcate fundamentals of embracing diversity.
Below is a direct excerpt taken from Chp. 4 “Education for a Digital World”
Respect—for others, for differences, for ourselves
Tolerance—for ambiguities in language, style, behaviour
Flexibility—in situations that are new, difficult and challenging
Self-awareness—be sure you understand your reactions and know what you bring to the diverse work-place (learning environment)
Empathy—to feel what someone different from you might be feeling in new and strange surroundings
Patience—for change that can be slow, and diversity situations that might be difficult.
Humour—because when we lose our sense of humour, we lose our sense of humanity, as well as perspectives
My personal reflections on the above makes me aware that sometimes we acknowledge that we embrace diversity but we might only focus on a few of the fundamentals and overlook some that might be critical to the learner. Using this list when designing the elearning environment will ensure that these fundamentals are taken into consideration and assist in creative, active, varied and engaging activities that will enhance the learning experience in an elearning course.
Below is a video that represents “Diversity ” in learning.