Diversity-Neutral Learning Environments

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Bluebulletpoint.png Introduction to Learning About Creating Diversity-Neutral Learning Environments

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This course was designed to help educators create diversity-neutral learning environments.

What You Will Need to Participate in this Course

  • Internet access via a computer or tablet
  • Paper, pen or pencil, and basic drawing implements; eg. colored pencils, paints, markers, or crayons
  • An open mind and an open heart

Course Objectives

  • Participants will understand why diversity-neutrality is important in creating successful learning environments
  • Participants will be able to identify the different aspects of diversity that could potentially be present in their future learning environments
  • Participants will seek out online resources and be able to locate specific tools for creating diversity-neutral learning environments
  • Participants will create a plan-of-action for how to create diversity-neutral learning environments in the future

Bluebulletpoint.png Unit 1: Understand Why Creating Diversity-Neutral Learning Environments is Important to You!

Unit Objectives

  1. Participants will examine their own behavior in order to understand how they relate to people outside of their comfort zones.
  2. Participants will gain insight into other perspectives about diversity and inclusion.
  3. Participants will identify their feelings in order to fully reflect on a specific personal experience of feeling different in a learning scenario.

Bluebulletpoint.png Unit 2: Identify What You Already Know About Diversity and What You Need to Learn!

Unit Objectives

  1. Participants will test their prior knowledge about diversity in order to further their awareness on issues revolving around inclusion.
  2. Participants will learn more about diversity through a basic, guided tour through some of the differentiating factors of diversity.
  3. Participants will illustrate a self-portrait in order to demonstrate an appreciation for their own factors of diversity.

Bluebulletpoint.png Unit 3: Seek Out Resources for Your Learning Environment!

Unit Objectives

  1. Participants will identify the factors of diversity within their future learning environments.
  2. Participants will locate resources and tools to utilize in creating diversity-neutral learning environments.
  3. Participants will analyze resources and tools for practical use in their future diversity-neutral learning environments.

Bluebulletpoint.png Unit 4: Create an Action Plan for How You Can Be a More Diversity-Neutral Educator!

Unit Objectives

  1. Participants will develop a plan-of-action for creating a diversity-neutral learning environment.
  2. Participants will practice a diversity inclusion activity in order to gain familiarity with diversity inclusion as a practice.
  3. Participants will reflect on their learning throughout the course and share their learning with others in order to create a more diversity-inclusive world.

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Web Resources

Print Resources

  • Tough, P. (2007, June 10). The class consciousness raiser. The New York Times. Retrieved from
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/10/magazine/10payne-t.html?_r=0&pagewanted=print
  • Partnoy, F. (2012) A slice too thin. Wait - the art and science of delay. New York: Public Affairs. File:Partnoy Wait.pdf