Addressing the Unconscious Bias Gap - A reflection on reactions to a case study on Unconscious Bias presented at the APT conference 2016

Karla Benske, Sheila MacNeill


This article is a reflection on the discussion that followed the presentation of an online resource on Unconscious Bias in Learning, Teaching and Assessment. It follows Rolfes et al (2001) reflective model of asking and responding to the questions of what? so what?; and what next?.


unconscious bias, widening participation, curriculm design, assessment and feedback

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