Our classrooms are spaces that bring together students who represent a broad range of racial, cultural, linguistic, socio-economic and educational backgrounds. This module provides a starting point for understanding and honouring diversity in our classrooms by focusing on the learning experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse students. Through your engagement with the module content and conversation with your peers, you’ll learn about, and reflect on, teaching strategies that view diversity as a strength and help us to create classroom environments that value diversity. Upon completion of this module, you will be able to: 1) examine the cultural and linguistic variables that, along with other aspects of our identities, influence teaching and learning processes and 2) begin to develop the knowledge and skills needed to understand and support the learning process for culturally and linguistically diverse students.
Although this module is scheduled over a period of several weeks, it is not a multi-day workshop. The content and expected effort are approximately equivalent to 2-3 hours, but spread over a longer timeframe so that you can move at your own pace.
This online module consists of:
- a set of asynchronous, self-paced tasks in LEARN, that must be completed by the due date of Monday, November 30 by 11:59 p.m.
Accessing the online module
The Fundamentals online module is located in the Fundamentals of University Teaching course in LEARN.
If you do not yet have access to the course, you will need to self-register for it. Please follow the directions on the Fundamentals self-registration webpage to add the course to your LEARN course list.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you experience any issues accessing this course after following the above instructions.
- Participants will receive an attendance credit towards the Fundamentals program if they complete all of the required tasks in the module, including all the module activities.
- Participants who do not complete all module activities by the due date will have their registration in the workshop cancelled, and will need to register again the following month.
This workshop has limited enrolment spots and often has a waiting list. If you have registered but can't complete the module, please cancel your registration well in advance through the registration system, so that someone else can fill your spot.
The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are studying, working, or visiting at Waterloo. If you have questions concerning access, such as parking, building layouts, or obtaining information in alternative formats, or wish to request accommodations for a CTE workshop or event, please contact CTE via email (email@example.com) or phone (ext. 33857) and include the session’s title and date. Our workshops typically involve a mix of presentation and discussion-based activities, and we encourage a scent-free environment. We also welcome accompanying assistants, interpreters, or note-takers; notify us if accommodations are needed in this regard. Please note that some accommodations may require time to arrange.