Design for Learning Equity with Kevin Kelly

Welcome to Episode 36 of the ThinkUDL podcast: Design for Learning Equity with Kevin Kelly. Kevin is a Faculty Lecturer in the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies & Instructional Technologies at San Francisco State University. I talked with Kevin at the Teaching for Active and Engaged Learning Lilly Conference in San Diego, California, February 27-29, 2020. I was so excited to get a chance to sit down with Kevin to talk about creating equity in learning environments, especially in online learning environments.

Our conversation is filled with an almost overwhelming amount of resources from Kevin’s encyclopedic grasp of equity and online learning studies and materials that he applies to his courses and graciously shares with us in this conversation. The resources mentioned in this episode are available on Episode 36 of our resource page. If you want to look further into anything we discuss in today’s episode, you can follow up there. I am so glad to share this convicting, interesting, and information-rich conversation with our listeners!


Reach Kevin Kelly via Twitter @KevinKelly0 or LinkedIn: Kevin Kelly 


TILT- Transparency in Learning and Teaching Kevin and Lillian have both incorporated this excellent template

Examples of Mid-semester feedback from Brown and Yale and UNC-Charlotte and ThinkUDL Episode 2: How UDL Values Learners with Jen Pusateri was all about mid-semester feedback at the university of Kentucky.

Kevin Kelly mentioned Michael Pollan’s How to Change Your Mind (Video Talk, book

Peralta Community College District KEvin has been working with Peralta on designing this equity rubric

Kevin’s guest blog post series on online course design rubrics:

Online Course Design Rubrics Part 1: What Are They?

Online Course Design Rubrics Part 2: So What?

Online Course Design Rubrics Part 3: Now What?

Peralta Community College District Equity (definition): freedom from bias, assumptions, or institutional barriers that negatively impact online learners’ motivations, opportunities, or accomplishments

Peralta Community College District Equity rubric LINK

Gloria Ladson Billings From the Achievement Gap to the Education Debt: Understanding Achievement in U.S. Schools (2006)

Equifinality (definition) – multiple pathways to reach the same goal

CAST UDL guidelines (future website, keep checking the space for updates), but Advancing Online Teaching: Creating Equity-based Digital Learning Environments by Kevin Kelly and Todd Zakrajsek explains many of the research and strategies that Kevin enumerates during this conversation. Expected release is September of 2020. 

Multiple Perspectives:
Carol Dweck’s Growth Mindset TED Talk gives a brief understanding of this important learning mindset

J. Luke Wood’s contributions to success in higher education for black males are also part of the equity perspectives that Kevin Kelly uses in his Design for Learning Equity

Angela Duckworth’s Grit: The Power and Passion of Perseverance

Anindya Kundu’s web page explains his interest in agency and mentions his forthcoming book The Power of Student Agency: Looking Beyond Grit to Close the Opportunity Gap. And here is his TED talk on agency for a quick reference.

Some resources from Kevin on Image and Representation bias:

Kevin also created this Creative Commons document of diversity-friendly images 

Human Interaction bias: a 2018 Stanford Study and Kizilcec’s study on the impact of using values affirmation activities to increase social belonging in online courses 

International Teaching Learning Cooperative: Look here for all of the opportunities that ITLC provides for faculty!
Lilly Conferences: Take a look at all of the Lilly Conferences available year round and somewhere within a drive to you since they are held from coast to coast and in between! These are fabulous, friendly teaching and learning conferences that give you actionable items that you can use right away, and inspiration for more!

LinkedIn Learning Course: Learning with your Mobile Device

LinkedIn Learning Course: Applying UDL Principles: Motivating and Engaging Learners in Multiple Ways


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