Assessing IDM in curriculum development
Identify how well inclusion and diversity management are part fo your study programmes.
Checklist for diversity and inclusion
With this checklist you can identify how well Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) is part of your study programmes. It covers embedding diversity and inclusion into the development processes for and the final configurations of a programme of study, the various pathways a learner might take in traversing it, and the knowledge with which they will interact on the way.
You can assess your own institution by discussing as widely as possible on what level the following criteria apply:
– not applicable
– just slighty developed
– in progress
– sustainably implemented
- Learning outcomes and/or competence standards do not adversely
impact on or discriminate against particular students or groups.
- Content is co-created that is diverse, covering multiple perspectives
and theoretical standpoints from multiple cultures and backgrounds,
and that incorporates themes of equality, diversity and cultural
relativity related to real world scenarios. Curriculum content builds on
students’ educational interests, experiences and aspirations.
- Stakeholders inform the design, delivery, and assessment of
learning and teaching.
- Programmes provide a range of learning and teaching approaches
that take account of the diversity of students and build effective
- Programmes make appropriate use of technology in the curriculum.
- The institution provides sufficient organisational flexibility in all
programmes to accommodate student diversity and individual
- Unconscious, cultural and disciplinary biases in the co-development
of programmes are tackled that facilitate accessibility of and flexibility
in learning journeys.
- Opportunities for students to engage in the design of the curriculum
- Staff have access to information, advice, and guidance in order to
design an inclusive curriculum.
- Programmes are routinely assessed to ensure that equality groups
are not adversely affected.
Source: May, H. & Thomas, L. 2010. Embedding equality and diversity in the curriculum. Self-evaluation framework.
The framework has been developed by the Higher Education Academy for use by Scottish HEIs and colleges following consultation with representatives from both sectors.