Institute of Teaching and Learning

Professional Development for Teaching and Learning

Dealing with diversity at Deakin

About this module

This interactive module will help you to gain an understanding of the types of diversity found among students and staff. We will suggest some strategies that others have found useful to help support teaching and learning in the classroom.

This module incorporates audio and video case studies along with self-tests that are designed to help you consolidate your learning.

Module objectives

When you have completed this module you should have an understanding of:

  • types of diversity in the classroom
  • how to recognise diversity in the classroom
  • strategies to use with diverse groups.

The module will make you aware of the diversity among both students and staff at Deakin, and will help you to be more effective in your teaching.

The module may challenge your assumptions about who your students are. As a result, you might find that you will need to reconsider your own beliefs and values about teaching and learning. To be effective, academics need to be aware of who their students are, have an understanding of how they can support student learning and know what support is available for students at Deakin.

The developers of this module

This module was developed by Ros Gilchrist and Dennis Farrugia, who are both academic skills advisers in the Division of Student Life. Both have extensive experience in helping students develop the skills necessary for success in tertiary studies.

image of Ros Gilchrist

image of Dennis Farrugia

Together with Di Challis from the Institute for Teaching and Learning, Ros and Dennis have been running a student diversity workshop for new sessional teaching staff at Deakin since 2000. This year it was decided to deliver the module online.

A good deal of additional material on this subject is available from the Division of Student Life, and we encourage you to bring this site to the attention of your students.

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2nd December 2010