“Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or the same way.”
So, what is inclusive learning? Inclusive learning refers to an environment where every learner has an opportunity to fully participate. This means everyone has the exact same opportunities – there should be no boundaries based on ethnicity, gender or disability. All learners should feel valued and be able to integrate and participate with all learners of their cohort in a safe and positive environment. In many instances, the evolution of technology has narrowed exclusion gaps that used to exist. The time of this technology revolution in the vocation educational and training system is a time when teachers can utilise such digital tools to completely develop a truly inclusive learning environment.
Lesson goals and objectives
In this lesson you will learn:
How technology can break down barriers to create inclusive learning opportunities for all learners
How to utilise digital learning and tools to completely develop a truly inclusive learning environment
How a teacher can accomplish goals that were previously out of reach, using technology
As an illustration, teachers could deploy smart devices and their applications to support a methodology that can assist in the development of skills and enhance accessibility for learners. Smart devices are now an increasing part of our everyday life. As such, the VET sector has a key responsibility in the use of smart devices. This includes developing learner skills to use the technology, as well as leveraging the opportunities technology creates to expand the reach and accessibility of training, particularly to those who may not have participated in the past.
A committed teacher is a teacher who utilises technology to overcome existing barriers. Smart devices and their apps are an excellent tool for inclusive learning. They provide new and exciting methods for experiencing learning, and for experiencing the world around us, especially utilising visual learning. Additionally, the ‘digital classroom’ is accessible for those with physical impairments that make regularly going to a physical classroom difficult. Within this smart environment, teachers and learners can explore and engage, and realistically accomplish goals that were previously out of reach.
Q: How does digital technology support inclusive learning?
A: The use of digital technology in vocational education and training can help break the barriers for learners with specific requests and provide them with access to the most relevant educational and training programmes. Meticulously-designed software and hardware allow learners with additional requirements to get vocational education and training and achieve any required information or activity digitally. Well-designed digital inclusive learning methodologies should recognise the diversity of learners, enabling all learners to access course content, fully participate in learning activities and demonstrate their knowledge and skills at assessments.
Q: What are digital inclusive learning strategies?
A: Digital inclusive learning strategies enable learners with additional requirements to participate in learning experiences on the same basis as a learner without these needs. This is achieved by making digital adjustments to the digital learning and teaching material for delivery or mode of assessment, without changing the way the assessment is evaluated.
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