Course Description

This course is 12 learning hours including 4.5 hours of live sessions.  It is recommended that learners spend approximately 4 hours per week on this course, including the 1.5 hour live session. 

Adult learners represent a wide range of diverse backgrounds, ages, lifestyles, races, abilities, religions, etc.  Adapting the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively facilitate inclusion in adult education settings is becoming a required skill for all adult educators.  Educators are being asked to re-examine our own assumptions--about our learners, our course content, our learning settings, and even ourselves.  Our collective ability to respond to, and be enriched by, these challenges will determine the success of our adult education practice. 

Course Outline

  • Module 1: Raising Awareness about Diversity and Inclusion; EDI in Adult Education and the Educator's Role
  • Module 2: Insights into Prejudice, Discrimination and Stereotyping; Inclusive Communication
  • Module 3: Resolving Classroom Conflicts; Applying Inclusive Practice, Knowledge Transfer

What You Will Learn

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • evaluate attitudes, values and beliefs with respect to diversity and inclusion
  • discover what you really know and the source of that knowledge
  • define terms related to diversity and inclusion
  • identify ways to integrate diversity into your adult education practice
  • resolve diversity conflicts
  • exchange ideas and methods for an inclusive classroom


This course provides learners with the opportunity to earn a microcredential. A microcredential is evidence of a skill or competency that is employment related. Dalhousie microcredentials are developed in collaboration with employers, industries, and/or organizations that relate to the content.Inclusive Education A microcredential can be displayed on social media pages, digital resumes, personal webpages, and in email signatures. To earn the microcredential in this course, learners will need to successfully complete a competency-based assessment.

To learn more about microcredentials and how they can enhance your learning portfolio, watch this 30-second YouTube video.


For assistance or more information, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

The Faculty of Open Learning and Career Development recommends an intermediate level of English language proficiency for the most effective learning and participation in our online and face-to-face courses.   A list of minimum recommended scores on some common English tests can be found on our website.  If you have questions about your English language proficiency and ability to succeed in this course, please contact openlearning@dal.ca.

Recommended For

  • Those interested in working in the field of adult education (training, facilitation, coaching, mentoring, etc.)
  • Those interested in fostering inclusion in diverse learning experiences for adults.


"Crystal Taylor is a wonderful facilitator that emits an inner light of calmness, inclusion and knowledge. Her beauty of passion and respect for all, is visible through her persona. This course provided immense knowledge and learning in regard to diversity and inclusion. It is highly recommended."

~ Roxanna Johnson, FutureWorx

To see how our Certificate in Adult Learning Fundamentals can benefit you, please read this article - Life-Changing Learning Experiences.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Understanding Diversity & Inclusion
Online - Self-Paced
Oct 04, 2024 to Oct 25, 2024
Online - Scheduled
7:00PM to 8:30PM
Oct 10, 2024 to Oct 24, 2024
Schedule and Location
Total Learning Hours
  • Online Campus - Atlantic Time
Instruction Delivery Method(s)
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $675.00
Required Software
A webcam and microphone/headset will be required for the live sessions.
Reading List / Textbook

There are no required textbooks to be purchased for this course. All readings will be available within the online course platform.

Section Notes
  • The course will officially open on Friday, October 4, 2024 at 4:00 p.m.
  • This course includes 3 synchronous facilitated sessions from 7-8:30 pm Atlantic Time. Click on View Details for exact dates.
  • Sessions will be recorded for those who have time conflicts.
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