A Mindset, Not a Program: Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the Time of COVID-19
Author: John Partington
Type: Blog Post
Description: A blog post by John Partington on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
A Step-By-Step Course to Launch and Lead An Equitable Online Classroom
Authors: Sheldon L. Eakins, Marcus J.W. Borders
Type: Online Course
Description: Are you planning to launch an online classroom? Awesome. Online learning allows students to engage with multimedia content and interact with their classmates at whatever time is convenient for them. However, the process of getting started with setting up a virtual classroom can feel daunting. What Learning Management System and Apps should you use? How many instructional materials should you assign? How do you make learning fun and engaging? And even after your course is online, how do you create opportunities for interaction between you and your students?
Accessibility Toolkit – 2nd Edition
Authors: Amanda Coolidge, Sue Doner, Tara Robertson, Josie Gray
Description: The goal of the Accessibility Toolkit - 2nd Edition is to provide resources for each content creator, instructional designer, educational technologist, librarian, administrator, and teaching assistant to create a truly open textbook—one that is free and accessible for all students.
An Urgency of Teachers the Work of Critical Digital Pedagogy
Authors: Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel
Type: Collection of Essays
Description: This collection of essays explores the authors’ work in, inquiry into, and critique of online learning, educational technology, and the trends, techniques, hopes, fears, and possibilities of digital pedagogy. This version is available open-access on a pay what you can basis. For more information, visit urgencyofteachers.com.
Centering Equity in Remote Learning
Author: Aakriti Kapoor
Type: Blog Post
Description: Since the onset of online learning during COVID-19, a key equity concern for educators has been access to digital devices and the internet: how can students learn online if they don’t even have access to the necessary technology? School boards in Ontario have been working to provide families in need with devices and Internet access. Yet, as we move into the final few weeks of the school year and plan for learning during and beyond COVID-19, technology access alone won’t solve equity concerns.
Design Justice 101 Workshop
Author: Ohio State University Department of Design and Urban Arts Space
Type: YouTube Video
Description: With nodes across the globe, the Design Justice Network is an international community of people and organizations who are committed to rethinking design processes so that they center people who are too often marginalized by design. During this interactive session, we will unpack and interact with the 10 principles of Design Justice during a collaborative activity using web-based tools. Join the conversation in Ohio, the idea being to form a local node in Ohio in the near future!
Developing a Framework for Integrating Health Equity into the Learning Health System
Authors: Danielle Brooks, Megan Douglas, Neelum Aggarwal, Shyam Prabhakaran, Kisha Holden, Dominic Mack
Description: While there have been gains in the overall quality of health care, racial and ethnic disparities in health outcomes continue to persist in the United States. The Learning Health System (LHS) has the potential to significantly improve health care quality using patient‐centered design, data analytics, and continuous improvement. To ensure that health disparities are also being addressed, targeted approaches must be used. This document sets forth a practical framework to incorporate health equity into a developing LHS. Using a case study approach, the framework is applied to 2 projects focused on the reduction of health disparities to highlight its application.
EDI Considerations in Online Teaching and Learning
Author: Education Portfolio, Unity Health Toronto
Engaging With Issues of Cultural Diversity and Discrimination Through Critical Emotional Reflexivity in Online Learning
Author: Dr. Michalinos Zembylas.
Description: The purposes of this article are to describe the adult learners' emotional experiences as a result of engaging with issues of cultural diversity and discrimination, and to interrogate the ways in which critical emotional reflexivity emerges in the online format. The analysis is done in the context of an online course on diversity, inequality, and multicultural education; this course is part of a distance education master's level program in Educational Studies and the participants are primary and secondary school teachers. The findings provide evidence of (a) how adult learners respond and constantly negotiate their learning practices and the ways they feel about cultural diversity and discrimination, and highlight the different ways in which they reflect critically on their understanding of cultural/ethnic/social differences; (b) how online learning, contrary to popular belief, can be a useful medium to express difficult emotions related to racism, prejudice, and discrimination.
Ensuring Equity in Online Learning – Considerations in Response to COVID-19’s Impact on Schooling
Author: Intercultural Development Research Association
Type: Best Practice Document
Description: This special edition issue brief provides educators ideas on how technology can best serve us during these times. The following suggestions rely on best educational practices, logical conclusions drawn from school district equity audits and classroom observations, research on technology access, and our collective empathy toward families and students.
Equity, Diversity & Inclusivity Considerations
Author: Centre for Faculty Development
Description: Resources that focus on creating equitable, accessible and inclusive online learning environments and a space for educators to gain insights into best practices in digital pedagogy.
Guidance on Culturally-Responsive Sustaining Education
Author: Dr. David E. Kirkland
Type: Best Practice Document
Description: This guide by New York University aims "to provide those involved with the education of our children the support they will need to answer this question and others related to it as we all navigate the rapidly changing set of circumstances brought about by COVID-19. Our team of educational equity experts remain available to help."
I Am Not Your Inspiration, Thank You Very Much
Author: Stella Young
Type: TEDx Talk
Description: Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn't, she'd like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this very funny talk, Young breaks down society's habit of turning disabled people into "inspiration porn."
Inclusive Practices Through Digital Accessibility
Author: Christina Moore
Description: Christina Moore discusses inclusive practices through digital accessibility on episode 293 of the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast.
Leading Equity Podcast
Author: Sheldon L. Eakins
Type: Collection of Podcasts
Description: The Leading Equity Podcast focuses on supporting educators with the tools and resources necessary to ensure equity at their school. On this podcast, listeners can expect to hear interviews and stories from voices of equity in education today. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and Spotify!
Make Your Word Documents Accessible to People with Disabilities
Author: MS Office
Description: This topic gives you step-by-step instructions and best practices to make your Word documents accessible to people with disabilities. When your documents are accessible, you unlock your content to everyone and people with differing abilities can read your content and work with your files. You learn, for example, how to add alt texts to images so that people using screen readers are able to listen to what the image is all about. You'll also learn how to use colors and styles to maximize the inclusiveness of your Word documents before sharing them with others.
Medical Students' Corner: Lessons From COVID-19 in Equity, Adaptability, and Community for the Future of Medical Education
Authors: Simran Mann, Shonnelly Novintan, Yasmin Hazemi-Jebelli, Daniel Faehndrich
Description: As UK medical students, we recently completed 3 months of remote learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic, before taking online end-of-the-year exams. We are now entering our final year of medical school. Based on our experiences and our understanding of others’ experiences, we believe that three key lessons have been universal for medical students around the world. The lessons learned throughout this process address the need for a fair system for medical students, the importance of adaptability in all aspects of medical education, and the value of a strong medical school community. These lessons can be applied in the years to come to improve medical education as we know it.
Navigating Micro-Aggressions in the Classroom
Author: Centre for Teaching and Learning – University of Toronto
Type: Tip Sheet
Description: This document has emerged from working group discussions and is intended as a preliminary resource to assist instructors and TAs who are responding to situations involving micro aggressions in the classroom. Work is ongoing, both at UTSC and on a tri-campus level, to develop further resources in this area, recognizing that micro aggressions are a systemic issue. This connects also to UTSC’s broader work in ensuring that its commitment to inclusion, Indigeneity, and anti-racism is embedded in our programs and pedagogical supports.
Online Racial Discrimination: A Growing Problem for Adolescents
Author: Brendesha M. Tynes
Description: An APA article by Brendesha M. Tynes on the experiences of Black, Indigenous and adolescents of colour in online learning environments. "Cyberbullying researchers are beginning to understand the race-related experiences of adolescents of color."
Resources at U of T Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation on Inclusive Teaching
Author: Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation
Type: Collection of Resources
Description: CTSI has developed several resources for instructors who wish to ensure that their courses and classrooms are inclusive to as many students as possible.
Responding Racial Bias and Microaggressions in Online Environments
Authors: Frank Harris III, Luke Wood
Description: The transition to online instruction and student services in response to COVID-19 presents a substantial challenge for most post-secondary institutions. Among the most pervasive challenges are issues with racial bias and racial microaggressions that serve to impede the student experience. In an environment typified by time constraints, stress, and the unknown – racial strife is at an all-time high. This webinar focuses on strategies that educators can use to address issues of bias and microaggressions in order to meet the needs of historically underrepresented and under-served students in the online environment. The conversation was facilitated by Drs. Frank Harris III and J. Luke Wood.
Teaching Interculturally: a Framework for Integrating Disciplinary Knowledge and Intercultural Development
Author: Amy Lee
Description: This book provides faculty and instructors with a theoretical foundation, practical tools, and an iterative and reflective process for designing and implementing an intercultural pedagogy that also advances deep disciplinary learning.
The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies
Author: Scott E. Page
Description: To avoid unintended consequences of diversity initiatives, this book provides empirical and statistical support for why diversity within groups is more powerful than individual excellence.
Tool: Recognizing Microaggressions and the Messages They Send
Description: Microaggressions are the everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to target persons based solely upon their marginalized group membership (from Diversity in the Classroom, UCLA Diversity & Faculty Development, 2014). The first step in addressing microaggressions is to recognize when a microaggression has occurred and what message it may be sending. The context of the relationship and situation is critical. Below are common themes to which microaggressions attach.
Trans Health Advocacy | Parental Leave
Authors: Teresa Chan, Carys Massarella, Susan Reid
Description: In the thirteenth episode of MacPFD Spark, we will be listening to a virtual discussion with Dr. Carys Massarella, who will be discussing the transgender healthcare clinic as well as advocacy for transgendered people in the healthcare system. Afterwards, we will be listening to Dr. Susan Reid discuss notions of parental leave and what needs to be done in order to achieve exceptional care for working parents and guardians.
When We Design for Disability, We All Benefit
Author: Elise Roy
Type: TEDx Talk
Description: “I believe that losing my hearing was one of the greatest gifts I've ever received," says Elise Roy. As a disability rights lawyer and design thinker, she knows that being Deaf gives her a unique way of experiencing and reframing the world -- a perspective that could solve some of our largest problems. As she says: "When we design for disability first, you often stumble upon solutions that are better than those when we design for the norm.
Why I Work to Remove Access Barriers for Students with Disabilities
Author: Haben Girma
Type: TEDx Talk
Description: The first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben Girma advocates for equal opportunities for people with disabilities. President Obama named her a White House Champion of Change, and Forbes recognized her in Forbes 30 Under 30. Haben travels the world consulting and public speaking, teaching clients the benefits of fully accessible products and services. Haben is a talented storyteller who helps people frame difference as an asset. She resisted society’s low expectations, choosing to create her own pioneering story. Because of her disability rights advocacy she has been honored by President Obama, President Clinton, and many others.