We are in a time of heightened attention to issues of racial discrimination and inequity throughout our society and in higher education. Although the issues and problems being highlighted are anything but new, events of the last several months challenge us to reflect on how many established practices and unexamined assumptions unnecessarily work against inclusiveness and reproduce inequity.
We want to share a few resources that we have found especially helpful and relevant in spurring reflection and suggesting concrete steps instructors can take, often right away, in their work with undergraduates. We invite you to engage with these resources, explore the numerous excellent links embedded in them, and share them with your colleagues. We will be adding additional resources to this list.
We recognize that many instructors have made these issues a central part of your teaching, mentoring, and pedagogical thinking for a long time and we value that work. Thank you for all that you have already done, and for all that you will do moving forward. We see this as small step in a conversation that must, and will, continue for a long time to come.
Below please find a list of resources. Our team looks forward to working with you and your colleagues as you reflect and incorporate these best practices.
Please read this longer piece by Dean Susan Lawrence on our evolving thinking about the choice between synchronous and asynchronous remote instruction: document Musings on Asynchronous and Synchronous Remote Instruction and Online Courses by Susan E. Lawrence (194 KB)
There are a number of especially helpful links within this article:
Direct link to the rubric which provides a checklist/rubric of 8 research-based equity issues that, in particular, affect online learners.