How do you plan for equity before your course starts?
IMPACT’s Proficiency pillar reminds us that building proficiency requires creating learning environments that are welcoming and that promote principles of access, equity, and inclusion. IMPACT Ownership goes further to state that faculty need to be sensitive to situational factors (e.g., students balancing family, jobs, and school) and provide support for overcoming such challenges.
Before the course starts, consider your course structure by examining your syllabus, class policies, pacing, materials and their costs, platforms, and assessments. What are some ways we can structure our courses to anticipate and respond to the disparities in resources available to students with regard to online environments? How can we structure our courses so that they don’t favor students with means or privilege?