Broadly speaking, the concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect regardless of individual differences. Differences can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious beliefs, political beliefs, or other ideologies. Inclusion is a term used to express the idea that all people should freely and openly be able to access services and opportunities without restrictions or limitations of any kind.
In the context of digital literacy teaching, diversity and inclusion are necessary to ensure that all learners are able to develop their skills and collaborate in a safe, positive and nurturing environment, free from judgement and being given the same opportunities as every other learner in the session.
The Effect That Tutor Values And Attitudes May Have In Relation To Diversity And Inclusion
Tutor values and attitudes can have a significant impact on learners within digital literacy sessions and, as a result, they need to be aware of their own behaviours and attitudes, role modelling best practice. It is essential that the tutor takes into account the skill levels, backgrounds and barriers of each learner within a group in order to plan sessions that are inclusive and engaging for every individual. They need to show that they value each individual within the learning session and treat each person equally and with respect, celebrating differences and encouraging an inclusive and cohesive classroom environment. For those of us who have been supporting skills development for a long time, designing sessions that ensure inclusion is second nature and we constantly reflect on our own values and attitudes and the impact they can have on our learners.
Tutors need to be prepared to challenge stereotypes and assumptions within the group, discussing issues and viewpoints when necessary. Part of our responsibility when teaching is to act as a moral and ethical role model, displaying the behaviours and attitudes that we expect learners to display themselves.
Different Strategies To Ensure Diversity And Inclusion In Digital Literacy Learning Programmes
Below is an infographic I created, displaying the characteristics of effective digital literacy learning delivery. Perhaps this can give you some ideas for your own sessions?
I'd love to hear your views, feel free to comment......