My first blog posting indicates that in the context of globalization, there is a huge competition from foreign graduate students for post-secondary education in Canada. These foreign students are come from different cultural, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds. In addition, there are students who come from different age groups for the post-secondary education. These emerging socioeconomic and demographic changes have been leading more diversified class rooms at Canadian post-secondary institutes. To create, effective and collaborative learning environment in Canadian post-secondary institutes, it is very important to identify teaching and learning strategies, which are able to address such diversity in the class room. This post intends to elaborate upon number of learning strategies that lead to create positive learning environment in the diversified class room.
To dealing with such diversity in the class room, it is very important to recognize students’ personal characteristics and their positions as learners. In doing so, I would appreciate and accommodate the cultural differences and similarities among students. Such a positive acknowledgement leads to generate effective communication and instructional strategies in the diversified class room. As a result, I am able to model and teach social skills such as respect and cross cultural understanding. An establishment of inclusion promotes a collaborative and cooperative learning environment in the diversified class room because such a strategy leads to everyone feels respected and connected. One of the inclusion strategies is to provide an introduction about the instructor and his/her learners. This activity creates rapports, trust, and care at the beginning of the lesson. The other inclusion strategy for the diversified class room is to create opportunities for multidimensional sharing such as introductory exercises, potlucks, and other activities inside and outside of the class room. Additionally, I would give individual attention to learners through expressing my willingness to share personal experiences such as favorite TV program, travel, sport events, and other social activities.
According to learning theories, some of the pedagogical strategies can be used to promote learner inclusion in the diversified class room. In doing so, I would create collaborative and cooperative learning environment where I can establish common learning goals and objectives, conduct need analysis, develop course ground rules, and provide rationale for giving mandatory assignments. I am also able to create positive learning environment through presenting lessons at reasonable level, providing clear guidelines on assignments and tests, and creating safe learning environment which is free from humiliation. In addition, I would apply pedagogical strategies, which include diversifying instructions, setting up clear expectations and evaluation criteria, offering room for learners to control learning environment, and using learning contacts.
Furthermore, pedagogical strategies, which promote collaborative and cooperative learning environment leads learners and faculty members to see things from various perspectives such as culture, religion, and ethnicity. The friendly and helpful nature of the faculty towards students offers room for a discussion on sensitive but necessary issues such as racism, classicism, and hetero-sexism etc. Such a discussion may explore new opportunities for the academic community to look at those sensitive issues in a flexible manner.