Addressing bias: what can work and why? An introduction to resources, strategies and relevant research

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We know biases, both conscious and unconscious, influence judgements, perceptions, decision making and actions, this is nothing new (Tversky and Kahneman, 1974). In light of ‘Closing the Gap’ (Amos and Doku, 2019), achieving inclusion, equity and equality in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) means effectively addressing individual and structural biases. With one-off unconscious bias training rarely recommended, it can be challenging to know which approaches are currently known to be effective at addressing bias and its impact, especially in contexts where people are time-pressed and managing diverse roles and responsibilities (Atewologun et al., 2018; Noon, 2018). Whilst there is a plethora of resources about addressing bias and achieving inclusion and equity, it can be difficult to know where to start and how to sustain effective impact.
In this presentation, I shall share a selection of bias awareness raising resources and practical strategies for addressing bias in teaching, learning and assessment and provide insights into relevant research. One gateway resource which will be introduced is Unlimited Thinking and Teaching, which is designed for international university teachers at a Danish university, providing research-based evidence for acknowledging and addressing bias and practical tools for mitigating bias in course design, teaching, learning and assessment. In addition, the cognitive bias codex, which provides a helpful categorisation of cognitive biases and their impact on attitudes and behaviour. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on how bias affects perceptions and practices in intercultural and international settings known to them and to share effective bias mitigation practices via an online platform.
Period17. Sep 2020
Event titleLearning and Teaching Symposium 2020: University of East London
Event typeOther
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • bias
  • strategies