The Centre for Learning and Teaching presented a cross disciplinary conference on Diverse Learning on 23rd September examining the challenges and opportunities of working with dyslexic, dyspraxic and dyscalculic students. A wide range of presenters from within the University and from other institutions gave perspectives from the point of view of psychology, mathematics, academic writing, psychotherapy, learning support and languages. Students also described their experiences. As well as fresh insights and new understandings of the issues around diverse learning styles, there were discussions of constructive responses, supported by a range of resources. The day ended with a round table discussion of the implications for higher education pedagogy and ways forward.
This was a very enriching conference, enabling the Richmond community to consider diverse learning in greater depth. More than thirty faculty and staff from all parts of the university attended.