Leveraging diversity in the classroom
This course is an opportunity for teachers from different backgrounds and levels of experience to come together and interrogate how differences between them and the students as well as among the students play a role in the teaching and learning experience.
As CBS teaching staff, we come from 60+ nations worldwide; we have all genders, most ages, and a plethora of other intersecting identities; with long work experience at CBS and/or elsewhere; teaching full courses in a given program and sometimes single sessions; and so on. The same diversity can be found in our students. Yet we tend to work with a uniform, normative idea of who we should be as teachers and about who is the ideal type of student we teach to. This can lead to both frustrations and untapped potential to improve the learning and teaching experience.
The course is delivered in a blended format, with a half-day face-to-face and online activities that are planned both before and after the half-day in class.
In the face-to-face component, we combine insights from theory and practice-oriented methods with the lived experiences of participants; thus, the course is based upon the idea of active experimentation and sharing. Notably, we work with concrete issues or dilemmas the course participant encounter in their teaching practice and discuss insights from research on diversity and inclusion, design thinking and critical education studies.
The online activities correspond to the other half-day in terms of hours. Online activities are conducted in the week before the half-day in class, as well as in the period after. This includes preparation such as watching and reading introductory materials, as well as a survey. After the course, we ask the participants to apply their learnings and reflection towards writing a diversity statement, which is a statement that explains how concerns for diversity and inclusion are an integral part of your educational portfolio and didactic development aims.
Teachers interested in making diversity in the classroom a resource for improved teaching and learning experience.
By participating in this course, you will:
- Get an opportunity to reflect on what diversity in the classroom means for you and your students
- Gain insights into research related to diversity and education
- Develop a portfolio of tools to address students’ needs as well as improve your teaching experience
- Understand how blended learning can play a role in leveraging diversity
- Know how to do a great start-up and an impressive ending
8 April 2024