As Patience @patiencesd states, we can meet a diversity of needs by diversifying the mode of delivery. Open and distance learning can fit with people’s work and family commitments, especially for older learners. Cath @CathB notes that technology itself can become a barrier for some people, due to lack of reliable internet connection, or having to share a device. Diversity includes gender, socio-economic status, health, age, culture, religious belief, educational background, disability and many other factors. Each student may have multiple factors or needs. All of these are important, although gender equality in education is a key global challenge that has considerable impact upon wider society.
This new topic is an opportunity for us to continue to explore this area. Themes and ideas from here will contribute to the discussion at the PCF9 forum in September.
Looking from the student perspective, to what extent are we meeting the needs of a range of learners?
Are students empowered and given agency to succeed?
What successes and challenges can we identify from our own practice or elsewhere?