At the beginning or during the study unit, it is important to create a welcoming atmosphere for all kinds of students. This can be done by acknowledging that the educator is aware of the diverse students and is open to hear about their needs and expectations.
How much flexibility is possible, depends on the mode of the online implementation (small group virtual course vs. a mooc).
In order to create a truly inclusive atmosphere, students need to be empowered and enabled to get their voices heard.
For example, students can be divided into break out rooms to discuss and share their expectations in regard to inclusive practices. More examples of activating starter activities are listed under 5.3.
Welcoming messages; agreeing on inclusive practices in student driven ways (Break out rooms; discussion forums).