Developing Your Cultural Awareness
Use It In Your Learning Environment
Developing cultural awareness is a critical aspect of successfully implementing any strategy in a culturally responsive learning environment. Implementing strategies without cultural awareness can often have a negative impact on historically marginalized learners. Without this critical awareness, educators may not realize how implicit biases can impact their expectations of individual learners and interpretations of learners' behavior.
Ensuring a product is relatable across cultures and contexts requires edtech developers to engage with culturally, racially, and ability-diverse communities at every step of their research and development process. Historically marginalized groups should be centered in design decision-making to disrupt tendencies to build according to the needs of the dominant culture. If a product uses artificial intelligence (AI), it is important to ensure that the training datasets are inclusive of diverse populations and that aspects of the product using AI are clearly identified. Collaborating with learners, educators, and families who have been historically impacted by bias should be a key part of the design process.