|Student Diversity by Leyton|
We discussed the problems that these four students might have accessing the learning environment. These problems related to a number of factors in addition to socio-economic and ethnicity factors. For example:
- learning ability - study skills, literacy and numeracy, digital information literacy;
- motivation and attitude;
- pre-requisite learning - qualifications, life experience;
- whether they could be self-directed - take responsibility and be self-regulated (set goals, monitor progress and evaluate understanding).
Can you think of any other factors that might pose barriers to learning?
As well as posing problems, we also discussed solutions so that the students' diversity could be accommodated. Some of our solutions are shown on the image in red writing. For example, Student B was able to get her practical training at a local gym, and access online resources on her smartphone. You may also think of some others. Our conclusion was that all four students could study this programme even if living far away without a computer or broadband, and if working in more than one job. Can you see why? With a bit of imagination it is possible to be flexible because there is always a solution if think creatively and are willing to offer alternatives.