Embracing Diversity in the eLearning Environment.

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.



About Karin Potgieter

Originally from South Africa, I have been privileged to enjoy the beautiful lifestyle of Canada. My career in Early Childhood Education has been motivating, ranging from the endearing relationships with the children and families of the Preschool that I owned to the inspirational interactions with my students as instructor of the Early Childhood Education Certificate Program. My qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Early Childhood Education Certificate, Provincial Instructors Diploma and en route to completing the Certificate in Online/eLearning Instruction.
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