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Online Equity Rubric

What is the Peralta Online Equity Rubric?

The Peralta Equity Rubric is a research-based course (re)design evaluation instrument to help teachers make online course experiences 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., implicit bias, 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.

The Peralta Equity Team periodically reviews and revises the rubric to address feedback and updates to equity-related research. The current rubric (version 3.0, below) was launched in October 2020.

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 Online Equity Rubric.

How do you learn more about the Peralta Online Equity Rubric?

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

If you have comments or questions about the Equity Rubric, contact

Below, please find 3 related resources: 1) the Peralta Equity Rubric, 2) a brief companion document, “Describing the Peralta Equity Rubric,” and 3) a bibliography of research used for the Peralta Equity Rubric

1) Peralta Equity Rubric

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2) Describing the Peralta Equity Rubric

3) Bibliography of research used for the Peralta Equity Rubric

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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.