How to reap the benefits of diverse student cohorts

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Changing demographics, internationalization of higher education, and migration has resulted in much more diverse student cohorts than it has previously been the case in higher education. While this provides new opportunities, many educators also find that there are new challenges to be met. Lecturers realise that what used to work well in the classroom does not necessarily work well any more; they need to change their teaching in order to accommodate new student audiences.
Based on the outcomes of a major European network project ( in combination with the facilitator’s experience gained at a local, institutional level in several European countries, this workshop will address the issue of how to take student diversity into consideration in higher education teaching and learning. In this context it is important to acknowledge the overlap between cultural, linguistic and educational (didactic) factors, and to consider how intertwined they are in a classroom characterised by diversity. What are the opportunities and, at the same time, what are the challenges? And how can educators reap the benefits and meet the challenges?
The aim of the workshop is to raise educators’ awareness of and knowledge about these cultural, linguistic, and didactic opportunities and challenges in classrooms characterised by diversity. Participants will be able to take away some new ideas for how to take advantage of these opportunities for the benefit of the students’ learning.
Experience tell us that educational developers may be unsure about how to support the lecturers in the higher education departments. The target group for this workshop therefore comprises educational or academic developers as well as lecturers. Bringing them together in the same workshop and discussing their respective development needs, allows participants to enter into dialogue with each other and to develop ideas for how they would like to move forward with these issues in their local contexts.
As no one hat fits all, participants will have to translate general ideas into their own local contexts and their disciplines; at the workshop there will be time for them to start doing so.
Udgivelsesår21 jun. 2017
Antal sider1
StatusUdgivet - 21 jun. 2017
BegivenhedSTLHE 2017 SAPES Konference: Gateways in Higher Education: Cultures, Transitions, Transformations - Universiteterne , Halifax,NS, Canada
Varighed: 20 jun. 201723 jun. 2017


KonferenceSTLHE 2017 SAPES Konference


  • Diversity; internationalisation of higher education; multilingual and multicultural learning space; educational development; teaching and learning

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