Subtle bias against students may be present in online classes

A new study by education researchers suggests that the kind of subtle racial discrimination known as implicit bias found in brick and mortar classrooms may be present in online college classes. Researchers from Stanford, the University of California – Irvine and Vanderbilt University began by creating fictitious online student identities. They chose names that suggested racial and ethnic identity, such as Todd, Emily, Tyrone, Tanisha, Mei, Tao, Priyanka, and Samir. They then posted comments using those personas in class forums for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). “The names that had been assigned a…

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Q&A: does ‘name-blind’ recruitment combat bias?

Britain’s employers should remove jobseekers’ names from applications to combat unconscious bias in the recruitment process, the CBI business lobby group has said. The CBI said “name-blind” recruitment was one way to remove “criteria that could unintentionally bias managers, and give under-represented groups confidence that their application will be fairly considered”. Some large employers have already embraced the idea. Last year, a group of public and private sector organisations, which employ about 1.8m between them, agreed to use“name-blind” recruitment for graduates and apprentices after a push by David Cameron’s government.…

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‘there’s sexist bias inside the boardroom: aware and unconscious’

What share of British board individuals are girls? The figures are disappointing (26.1% at FTSE 100 businesses and 19.6% at FTSE 250 firms), that is why a target has been set for FTSE 100 companies to have 33% lady board members by using 2020. however what’s it like for those who have made it in already? We pay attention confessions from ladies each within the public and personal area. ‘people commented on my appears, not my capabilities’ i was the most effective lady of 13 men on the board of…

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What Buffer’s Gender Pay Gap Can Tell Us About Unconscious Bias

Pay transparency is supposed to help companies close the gender pay gap. By being open about their compensation philosophy, sometimes to the point of posting employee salaries for everyone to see, decision-makers hope to catch pay inequities before they become entrenched. Buffer, the social media management tool provider, is one of the companies that’s most publicly committed to transparency, publishing not only theirsalary formula, but a public spreadsheet of every salary at the company, from the CEO on down – which is why the company was taken aback to discover…

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