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Online Course

Negotiating Learner Differences: Towards Productive Diversity in Learning

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign via Coursera

Overview

An investigation of the dimensions of learner diversity: material (class, locale), corporeal (age, race, sex and sexuality, and physical and mental characteristics) and symbolic (culture, language, gender, family, affinity and persona). Examines social-cultural theories of difference, as well as considering alternative responses to these differences in educational settings - ranging from broad, institutional responses to specific pedagogical responses within classes of students. The course also focuses on the application of learning technologies and new media to meet the needs of diverse populations of learners. Its main practical question is, how do we use educational technologies to create learning environments in which learning experiences can be customized and calibrated to meet the precise needs of particular learners? Topics include: universal design for learning, differentiated instruction systems, and adaptive and personalized learning environments.

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Related Resources
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This course is based on the following book:

https://www.amazon.com/New-Learning-Mary-Kalantzis-ebook/dp/B0096R1FUM

Additional online resources are available here:

https://newlearningonline.com/new-learning

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Take this Course for Credit at the University of Illinois
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This course has the same content and anticipates the same level of contribution by students in the e-Learning Ecologies course offered to graduate certificate, masters, and doctoral level students in the Learning Design and Leadership Program in the College of Education at the University of Illinois.

Of course, in the nature of MOOCs many people will just want to view the videos and casually join some of the discussions. Some people say that these limited kinds of participation offer evidence that MOOCs suffer from low retention rates. Far from it – we say that any level of engagement is good engagement.

On the other hand, if you would like to take this course for credit at the University of Illinois, you will find more information about our program here:

https://newlearningonline.com/kalantzis-and-cope/learning-design-and-leadership-program

And you can apply here:

https://education.illinois.edu/epol/programs-degrees/ldl

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The Learning Design and Leadership Series of MOOCs
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This course is one of a series of eight MOOCs created by Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis for the Learning Design and Leadership program at the University of Illinois. If you find this MOOC helpful, please join us in others!

e-Learning Ecologies: Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning for the Digital Age
https://www.coursera.org/learn/elearning

New Learning: Principles and Patterns of Pedagogy
https://www.coursera.org/learn/newlearning

Assessment for Learning
https://www.coursera.org/learn/assessmentforlearning

Learning, Knowledge, and Human Development
https://www.coursera.org/learn/learning-knowledge-human-development

Ubiquitous Learning and Instructional Technologies
https://www.coursera.org/learn/ubiquitouslearning

Negotiating Learner Differences: Towards Productive Diversity in Learning
https://www.coursera.org/learn/learnerdifferences

Literacy Teaching and Learning: Aims, Approaches and Pedagogies
https://www.coursera.org/learn/literacy-teaching-learning

Multimodal Literacies: Communication and Learning in the Era of Digital Media
https://www.coursera.org/learn/multimodal-literacies

Syllabus

COURSE ORIENTATION + Learner Differences
-This opening module gets participants started in the course, and introduces some key ideas about the social context of learner differences.

Diversity in US Education and Differences in Theory
-In this module, we examine some specifics of learner diversity in the US context, then some general concepts in a theory of learner differences.

Should Education be a Right?
-In this module, we focus on the US case, first with an historical analysis of the emergence of public education, then with a case study of Asian Americans.

Postcolonial Theory and Education + The Inclusive School
-This final module in the course takes an international perspective on issues of social diversity and learning, then addresses the agenda of developing an inclusive education.

Taught by

Dr William Cope

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