Peralta Equity Rubric

Concurrent Session 7

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Brief Abstract

While most institutions value diversity, they often struggle to institutionalize practices that support inclusion and equity in online environments. When we, the Peralta Community College District’s Distance Education team, could not find a rubric to support online course equity, we created the Peralta Equity Rubric. This rubric is designed to foster an expanded understanding and appreciation for student populations, particularly for disproportionately impacted students, and their experiences in online courses.

The rubric was developed through exhaustive research about the aspects of online courses that most negatively affect online student persistence and/or success. 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. As the rubric was developed the team modified it to support technology support staff and student services staff as well.

See the current version of the full Peralta Equity Rubric at


Kevin Kelly teaches both graduate and undergraduate classes for the Instructional Technologies (ITEC) Department at SF State, including his current fully online class, How 2 Lrn w ur Mobile Device. Kevin has taught at Santa Clara University as well. He also works as a higher education consultant with colleges, CC districts, universities, non-profits and educational technology startups. He received his Ed.D. in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco. Dr. Kelly also holds an M.A. in Education with a Concentration in Instructional Media and Technology from San Francisco State University, and a B.A. in American Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Prior to his current role, Dr. Kelly was the Manager of two Academic Technology (AT) units--Online Teaching & Learning and Media Distribution & Support--at San Francisco State University (SF State). In this role, he led or co-led several large-scale technology adoption and implementation initiatives (e.g., Moodle LMS, ePortfolios). He also served as the Assistant Director at the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching responsible for faculty development at SF State, and Co-Director of ITEC's federal grant program, Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology (PT3), which helped more than 1000 credential students integrate technology into curriculum.

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