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ECV711 - Training for Diverse Learners and Contexts

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Offering information:

Final offer: Trimester 1 2016

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Student must be enrolled in course E500, E592 or E792.

Unit chair:

Trace Ollis





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin.


This unit is designed to examine the diversity of learners and their contexts. Learners vary across a number of characteristics such as culture, gender, age, learning styles and preferences. Contexts of learning vary in the situation in which learning occurs, such as workplace learning, community based learning, learning within institutional settings, flexible and distance learning. Additionally, the learning outcomes pursued by learners and their instructors vary in nature. 

Specifically, the unit is designed to provide the following outcomes for students:

  • Understand the typical dimensions of variation associated with learners and their contexts
  • Develop a knowledge of theory and practice to assist in the development of responses to diverse learners and contexts
  • Practise the strategies required to develop education and training responses inclusive of diversity
  • Demonstrate an understanding of theory and practice in the provision of education and training to diverse learners and contexts
  • Design education and training programs that meet the varying requirements of diversity
  • Locate resources necessary to understand theory and practice in responding to diversity, and to build on the experience of others in the field


Assignment 1, 3000 words, 50%, The first piece of work involves a critical analysis of one or more dimensions of learner diversity, addressing the issues that underlie and define that diversity, and how they may affect the design and delivery of a training response. The first piece of work would be expected to be based on theoretical treatments of dimensions of diversity.

Assignment 2, 3000 words, 50%, Development of a Responsive Training Plan. The second piece of work involves the development of a specific training response to a particular group of learners who are expected to participate in an identified program of training.

Recommended texts

Foley, G (ed) 2004, Dimensions of Adult Learning: Adult Education and Training in a Global Era, Allen & Unwin,  Crows Nest, NSW.

Smith, PJ & Sadler-Smith, E 2006, Learning in Organisations: Complexities and Diversities, Routledge, London, New York.

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