EBSN Professional Development Series for Basic Skills Teachers



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Implemented by: Directorate for Research, Lifelong Learning and Employability

Diversity & Interculturalism

General Information

Target audience:

Basic Skills Teachers / Tutors /Adult Literacy Instructors, Adult Educators

Course date:

6th June 2022 – 1st of July

  • Opening webinar: 8 June (Wednesday) 12:30

Course status:

Closed

Certificate of Completion:

Participants completing the course will be awarded in the following ways:

1) Digital Certificate on Completing the Course: Diversity & Interculturalism

Criterion 1: accessed each of the content pages in the MOOC.

Those who meet this criterion will receive a digital certificate automatically at the end of the course. The certificate will certify that the participant has completed the course and engaged with all elements of the course thematics / content.

2) EBSN Badge on Professional Development Series: Diversity & Interculturalism

(Only for those completed criterion 1 and received Certificate of Completion)

Criterion 2:  completed knowledge checks (quizzes) and submission of at least 1 meaningful and relevant post in the forum discussions every week (corresponding to the thematic questions of the week, altogether minimum 4 entries within the course course).

This will prove that the participant reflected on the course content from the perspective of their own practice and were able to apply newly gained knowledge and insights in their own context.

The Professional Development Series is an initiative of the European Basic Skills Network to support adult educators and teachers as well as other personnel in basic skills education and training to develop their skills and methods to effectively help people progressing on their upskilling pathways. Within the project supported by ERASMUS+ Program a series of OERs and MOOCs are being developed.

The „Diversity and Interculturalism” is one of the courses which is being implemented and tested with Maltese adult education professionals in the period 6th June 2022 – 1st of July 2022, by Directorate for Research, Lifelong Learning and Employability (DRLLE).

Course objectives

This course has specifically been designed to assist you in teaching in the multicultural classroom to enhance your teaching practices when working with adults of basic skills. It will introduce you to many topics including Cultural Sensitivity and equip you with diverse teaching tools to be applied in your teaching context.  It has been developed as part of the EBSN project in tandem with DRLLE and the Maltese Ministry for Education.

Course results

By the end of this MOOC, in a multicultural setting, you will be able to:

  • Identify cultural bias
  • Develop self-reflexivity of one’s own cultural context
  • Identify various micro-aggressions
  • Celebrate diversity by using learners’ cultural backgrounds as a teaching resource
  • Articulate the potential negative effects of cultural insensitivity

Course format

The MOOC will be implemented as a 4-week long online course (app. 5 hours/week; in total 20 hours), including 2 live webinars with presentations and discussions, self-instructed study with self-checks as well as thematic forum discussions. The MOOC on Diversity and Interculturalism will include plenty of variety of learning resources brought from international setting, presenting best teaching strategies and practices. The presentations, videos and other resources are becoming available week by week.

Live Webinars

Having tutor involvement and peer interactions in online courses is key to boost engagement and provide support. Therefore, this course will feature 2 live sessions via Zoom.

  • Opening webinar: 8 June (Wednesday) 12:30

Key themes of the course

Week 1: An introduction to diversity and multiculturalism

Week 2: Cultural sensitivity and microaggressions

Week 3: Celebrating differences and similarities in a multicultural classroom

Week 4: Teaching techniques and strategies

Assignments & Assessment

During this course you will come across several Knowledge Checks which are short quiz questions to check your understanding of various topics. Please try your best to answer these and revise the relevant section if you come into difficulties. In addition to this you will be asked to reflect on your teaching practices using the newly gained knowledge.

Each week will have a workload of between 4-5 hours.

Detailed course objectives

 

Week 1: An introduction to diversity and multiculturalism

Week’s objectives:

  1. Identify your own culture and other cultures: history, values, politics, beliefs, and practices;
  2. Identify common terms in this topic, such as equity, equality, inclusion, and cultural bias;
  3. Recognize and critically reflect upon your own cultural biases / Develop self-reflexivity of one’s own cultural context;
  4. Reflect on and share views on research and theories in the field of diversity;
  5. Analyse the work done by the European Union in this field, and verbalise how this impacts their community;
Week 2: Cultural sensitivity and microaggressions

Week’s objectives:

  1. Identify various types of microaggressions
  2. Reflect on, and share views on research and theories in socio-linguistic pragmatics
  3. Gain awareness of potential negative effects of cultural insensitivity
  4. Reassess one’s own personal perspectives.
  5. Develop various interpersonal skills to be used in a cross-cultural context
  6. Develop self-reflexivity of one’s own cultural context
Week 3: Celebrating differences and similarities in a multicultural classroom

Week’s objectives:

  1. Identify your own misconceptions on different cultural backgrounds
  2. Identify with new terms related to culture awareness
  3. Analyse and reflect on the need of a multicultural curriculum
Week 4: Teaching techniques and strategies

Week’s objectives:

  1. Reflect on your own teaching practice and methodology
  2. Learn about new teaching tools and methods
  3. Raise awareness on teaching a multicultural class.

Registration

Basic Skills educators working with DRLLE will be contacted first, and applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Facilitator

Benjamin Thomas Coster