DEI Practice Details

Create an introductory video to humanize your online course.

Humanizing Online
Design Ensure office hours are accessible/accommodate all learner schedules. Will Moving Office Hours Online Get Students to Show Up?
Design Ensure ALL course content (images, videos, guest speakers, etc) is identity-conscious, equity-minded, and culturally responsive. Pedagogy should be diverse and represent a variety within ability, accessibility, age, citizenship, ethnicity, gender, background, mental health, misrepresentation, nationality, political affiliation, pronoun usage, race, sexuality, socio-economic status, etc. Showcase legitimate, reputable, and divergent theories and perspectives from a wide variety of scholars and experts and connect content to multiple contexts over time and space.
Conduct an audit of your course

Resource Guide Based on International Standards for Accessibility in Online Learning

Inclusive Design Guide

Ensure course content is fully accessible and offered within multiple modalities to honor learners of all backgrounds and styles (audio, text, video, hands-on, etc.).

Accessibility Checklist for PowerPoint

Reduce the cost of class materials with OER (Open Educational Resources) when possible.

Saving Students Money with OER

Utilize rubrics to assess anonymously and decrease unconscious/conscious biases in assessments. Learning outcomes and formal/informal assessments should include DEI knowledge, attitudes, and skills.

Microaggressions in the classroom 

Ensure equitable access to the course so as synchronous activities don’t pose barriers to participation (e.g., recording sessions for students in other time zones, caretaking, etc.).

Inclusive Design Toolkit

Ensure technology requirements don’t pose barriers to participation (e.g. remote students with limited devices, internet access, or bandwidth).

Universal Design Education

Ensure trigger warnings are properly labeled and located at the forefront for any sensitive content that could be offensive, traumatic, violent, or possibly re-traumatize certain groups.

An Instructors Guide to Understanding Privilege

Ensure sensitive content is deconstructed and situated within the historical context where warranted. Otherwise, keep in mind the viewpoint of those colonized, indigenous, oppressed people, etc.

Healing From Internalized Oppression

Organize course content into small segments and ensure the online learning environment is standardized, consistent, easy to understand, and navigable (conduct usability tests with non-students in seeking feedback).

Best Practices for Video and Audio Recording

Recognize and honor the neurodiversity spectrum of students needing accommodations, modifications, and remain flexible in supporting student success for each individual as each case is entirely unique.

Tech Accommodations

Neurodiversity Blog 

Ensure you are actively anti-racist via proactive and deliberate efforts to address the individualized, institutional, and systematic oppression of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities in a culture that systemically privileges whiteness and Eurocentric views.

Being Anti-racist 

If possible, embrace Critical Race Theory in “understanding and rectifying the ways in which a regime of white supremacy and its subordination of people of color in America has had an impact on the relationship between social structure and professed ideals such as ‘the rule of law’ and ‘equal protection.’”

What Is Critical Race Theory? 

Establish classroom norms and monitor group work to look for and address inequities and biases that might be structural, cultural, gender-based, etc.

Cultural Considerations and Strategies 

Advocate for departmental and institutional support for promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice within and outside of your spheres of influence.

Understanding and De-Escalating Intercultural Conflict 

Utilize inclusive language and avoid using acronyms, analogies, colloquialisms, metaphors, and abbreviations that are not clearly defined and might not be understood by all. Doing so might contradict the intention here.

Using Inclusive Language

DEI Differences in Meaning

Recognize and utilize pronoun preferences as well as the choice not to disclose gender and sexuality.

My Pronouns

Learn how to and always pronounce names accurately/as preferred.

What’s in a Name?
Delivery Keep in mind that treating students equally isn’t necessarily equitable and that doing so might be oppressive.
How Understanding Cultural Differences Helps Build Diverse Communities 

Create learning experiences that prompt students to consider the ways their positionality shapes their approach to the topic (privilege, intersectionality, backgrounds, prior experiences, etc.). Acknowledge, affirm, and support the identities of students who share diverse experiences and perspectives related to their backgrounds.

Positionality and Intersectionality

Be Identity Conscious

Develop your cultural competence by practicing openness, humility, flexibility, sensitivity, a spirit of adventure, sense of humor, and positive change. 

What is Cultural Competence? 

What are some other best practices missing from this list?

What corrections/suggestions do you have?


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