The Teaching and Learning Toolkit will feature a set of short, intensive case studies that show a range of practical experimentation and design work.


Why Case Studies?

We see these examples as an important way for practitioners to share concrete experiences — an important discussion of practice that may not be fully represented in the more formal research literature.

Taken as a group, the case studies will compile varied, concrete examples of inclusive practices, demonstrating the concrete ways in which practitioners are supporting the diverse needs of communities and what they learned from their triumphs and failures, and finally, provide a platform for underrepresented practitioners to be heard and contribute their work to the larger conversations.

The case studies are comparatively short (about 750-2500 words) narratives that describe a specific project, organization, work process, or similar undertaking. Studies might focus on any aspect of the “design for diversity” problem space: a more inclusive search interface, an experimental approach to user-generated keywords, an outreach effort, a curricular experiment, a new way of structuring a database, an attempt to teach children about metadata. The goal is to provide information about the project that can enable a reader to understand the problem being addressed, the specific actions, methods, and outcomes, and what was learned (whether through success or failure).

Within the Toolkit, these case studies can be used as readings and the basis for a variety of assignments. The case studies will also be a valuable input for our discussions in the two Design for Diversity public forums, and some may be featured in those events.



If you’re interested in contributing a case study, please fill out this idea submission form and provide a 3-5 sentence brief summary of the case study you would be interested in sharing.

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