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Online Equity Rubric

What is the Peralta Equity Rubric?

The Peralta Equity Rubric is a research-based course (re)design evaluation instrument designed to help online teachers make the online course experience more equitable for all students. The rubric’s criteria include: addressing students’ access to technology and different types of support (both academic and non-academic); increasing the visibility of the instructor’s commitment to inclusion; addressing common forms of bias (e.g., image and representation bias, interaction bias); helping students make connections (e.g., between course topics and their lives; with the other students); and following universal design for learning principles.

Why did the district create an Equity Rubric?

While most institutions value diversity, they often struggle to institutionalize practices that support inclusion and equity in online environments. When the Peralta Community College District’s Distance Education team could not find a rubric to support online course equity, it created the Peralta Equity Rubric. This rubric is meant to

  • foster an expanded understanding and appreciation for student populations, particularly for disproportionately impacted students, and their experiences in online courses; and
  • guide online teachers in addressing aspects of online courses that most negatively affect online student persistence and/or success, especially for disproportionately impacted students.

How do you learn more about and comment on the Peralta Equity Rubric?

Below, you may either download the Peralta Equity Rubric or directly review it in your browser.

If you have comments or questions about the Peralta Equity Rubric, you may send it via email.

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  • Since 1964, the Peralta Community College District - comprised of Berkeley City College, College of Alameda, Laney College and Merritt College - has served the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland and Piedmont by providing 25,000 students each semester with a range of educational programs and life-long learning opportunities.