After the 2013 Professional and Organizational Development Network (POD Network) Conference, three professors got together to create a tool to assist faculty with addressing inclusion in their courses. They “were driven by a lack of available resources that provide a practical approach to digging deep into the nuances of one’s course.” Inclusion By Design is the outcome of this collaborative effort.
In looking back at their work they authors said:
We spent a few years of designing and wrestling with what to call our creation (tool, audit, survey?) and eventually decided that it simply was a ‘tool’ to explore inclusion in one’s syllabus and course design. In our ongoing research, deliberations, and presentations of this tool at national conferences, three areas of intentional exploration emerged: inclusion and course context; text; and subtext. The complete tool is rather lengthy and exhaustive, rooted in theory and research on inclusion, multicultural education, universal design, implicit/unconscious bias, and the hidden curriculum