Let’s Talk About Race is a series of 3 anti-racism (DEI) modules co-developed with subject matter experts from George Brown College (Toronto, Canada).
The simulations, which together take about 1h to complete, take both staff and student on a reflective journey through a collection of stories that examine the effects of privilege, bias and microaggressions on black indigenous and people of color.
The initial deployment phase at George Brown College (GBC) aimed to measure learning performance and test the scalability of of the solution for remote and asynchronous learning.
The simulations were distributed via VR, PC and mobile.
Learners using their own devices were given the opportunity to self-enroll via single URL distributed by faculty staff. Upon completion, learners received a summary of learnings as well as a shareable completion certificate.
For Charlene Dustan, co-chair of George Brown College’s Anti-Racism Equity Advisory Board:
“When using this with my class, my students found it really thought provoking. It was a great tool to have them open up and interrogate the race based assumptions they participate in and how to become an ally in a non judgemental, safe environment.”
Results, as measured through an in-app survey exceeded expectations on all key metrics running across all modules: understanding, confidence, effectiveness and recommendation.
Diving deeper into behavioral data, the results show significant increases in confidence on transformative skills such as one’s confidence in using strategies to respond to microaggressions, ability to detect one’s own bias or recognizing privilege.
For Gail Howard of George Brown College:
“Let’s Talk About Race is the perfect resource to support course content or to use as an assignment after sessions on Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression. It provided my students opportunities to reflect on their own biases, and they shared that they felt more confident to talk about race and to challenge biases and microaggression.“