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Designing for diverse learners

Fallin, Lee; Tomlinson, Thomas


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Dr Lee Fallin
Lecturer in Education Studies & Director of MA Education Programmes


Learning and teaching are only sustainable if accessible and inclusive. For this reason, we produced the Designing for diverse learners poster, a set of easy to follow guidance on developing learning resources to support learners with a variety of needs. This poster (Figure 1) has been adopted by many institutions and has had a significant impact on practice for many teaching in higher education. This conference session launched the next version of the Designing for diverse learners poster-a fully interactive and digital version that includes how and why each of these design decisions is made. An accompanying website was demonstrated for the first time, and delegates were invited to consider ways in which it could support their learning and development practice, give feedback, and suggest further improvements. The idea of 'diverse learners' is fundamental to the poster resource and to its use by learning developers. The practices outlined in our new website will benefit every learner-including those who may require specific adjustments. We hope the new version of the poster and the accompanying website will help support the development of greater access and inclusion in learning development practice.


Fallin, L., & Tomlinson, T. (2022). Designing for diverse learners. Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, 25,

Journal Article Type Conference Paper
Conference Name ALDcon22: The Learning Development Conference
Acceptance Date Oct 26, 2022
Online Publication Date Oct 28, 2022
Publication Date Oct 28, 2022
Deposit Date Oct 28, 2022
Publicly Available Date Nov 21, 2022
Print ISSN 1759-667X
Publisher Association for Learning Development in Higher Education
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
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