Course Design Considerations For Inclusion and Representation White Paper Released by Quality Matters

Industry: Education

Authors from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Shine Light on Important Research.

Annapolis, MD (PRUnderground) May 3rd, 2022

In thinking about equity and expanding opportunities for all learners, authors Racheal Brooks, PhD, and Siobahn Day Grady, PhD, address the concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion. Many learners are at a disadvantage when diversity, equity and inclusion are not properly considered in online course design. Instructors are encouraged to incorporate the elements described in the white paper, Course Design Considerations for Inclusion and Representation, released by Quality Matters.

The concepts of diversity, equity and inclusion are explained in the white paper in detail, and highlight the research that shows the importance of incorporating these three elements into online course design. The authors also explain the disadvantages many learners experience when the three elements are not present.

Several models for developing inclusive course design are described in the white paper, including Universal Design for Learning (UDL) — for ensuring access to learning for all; Inclusive Design Thinking, which centers the design process on learner needs; and the Morrison, Ross and Kemp Instructional Design Model that includes nine core elements that are implemented cyclically.

The white paper also shares strategies for applying the psychosociocultural framework, which supports the redistribution of power in the learning space; validation theory; and engagement practices that emancipate learners from the systems and barriers that may hinder their success are shared.

The white paper offers several action items for course designers to address inclusion and representation and can be downloaded from the Quality Matters website.

About Quality Matters

Grounded in research. Driven by best practices. A community that puts learners first. Quality Matters (QM) is the global organization leading quality assurance in online and innovative digital teaching and learning environments. It provides a scalable quality assurance system for online and blended learning used within and across organizations. When you see QM Certification Marks on courses or programs, it means they have met QM Course Design Standards or QM Program Review Criteria in a rigorous review process.

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