This tool is designed to support the primary goals of the DRIVE initiative:
For a print version of the Curriculum Appraisal Tool, click here (PDF)
Everyone has bias. These biases have impact on scientific research, education and health care. Our goal is to represent the breadth of the patient populations we serve, and the community in which we work while eliminating bias in the learning environment to the greatest extent possible. This is not easy. In building a diverse, representative, inclusive curriculum and learning environment we ask that all members of the community examine their practice (large or small group teaching materials, lab discussions, bedside teaching, journal club, advising, writing and other educational opportunities) using this appraisal tool and the resources supplied. Faculty can self-assess, ask a colleague to preview their materials using this tool, and seek assistance from the DRIVE Team or the Diversity and Inclusion Office.
This tool is organized into six sections to facilitate use:
Each section includes several key questions with relevant probing questions and examples, as well as best practice, resources and exercises. The key questions prompt the user to answer yes or no regarding the teaching experience being assessed; probing questions and examples offer further clarification and prompts to deepen reflection and understanding. These questions were written to be applicable in varied educational settings including: large group, small group, lab presentations, and discussions.
Ask yourself, “Do I create a learning environment that welcomes feedback related to diversity, inclusion and representation?” We recommend you place a slide or include a written or oral note at the beginning of each session that shares the following message:
"My intent is to promote inclusive learning while avoiding bias. I welcome feedback regarding areas for improvement."
Email us: DRIVE@UMassMed.edu