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The Equity-Minded Digital Learning Strategy Guides


The Equity-Minded Digital Learning Strategy Guides are designed to support and inform higher education faculty on how to engage with pedagogies and professional learning that intentionally and authentically affirm, uplift, and liberate students through teaching and learning. By challenging traditional instructional approaches, these guides provide support and resources for creating more inclusive and equitable learning environments.

Every Learner Everywhere partnered with Achieving the Dream and Development Without Limits to develop four equity-minded instructional guides. The purpose of these guides is to advance equitable teaching and learning practices and outcomes by promoting the implementation of student-centered and culturally responsive teaching. By transforming educational experiences for both students and faculty, more inclusive and equitable learning environments can be created. The guides present the following approaches alongside practical instructional strategies that inform implementation of these equity-minded teaching and learning practices.

As higher education continues to address eliminating inequitable outcomes in teaching and learning, these guides will help institutions embed equity, culturally responsive teaching, social justice  education, and open pedagogy through evidence-based teaching practices.

Digital Tools and Courseware

Digital tools and courseware can enhance student learning and engagement. In addition to ways faculty can incorporate technology in Learning Management Systems and courseware, the guides offer examples of digital tools connected to the instructional strategies presented. When utilized with intentionality and purpose, digital tools serve as instruments to advance equity-minded pedagogical practices.

Strategy Guides Structure

The guides are structured to help faculty interactively engage with the concepts and utilize the resources embedded throughout. Faculty can intuitively engage with multiple aspects of the guides (resources, culturally responsive frameworks, pop-outs, links, pedagogical practices, and digital tools) that provide practical ways to implement and make meaning of equity-minded instructional  strategies that support transforming teaching and learning.


We invite faculty to engage in active learning and use the guides to review and revise current  practices in order to serve diverse student populations through equitable educational experiences and outcomes. Each strategy section offers action-oriented pedagogical practices to guide faculty in operationalizing equity-minded instruction in their courses. Faculty can apply the approaches and  strategies presented in this guide, and adapt them to their specific discipline and the courses they teach.

The Equity-Minded Digital Learning Strategy Guides

Putting Equity Into Practice: Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning

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December 2023

Culturally responsive pedagogy is a framework that is inclusive of culturally responsive and relevant teaching, and culturally affirming and sustaining instructional methodologies that validate and engage students’ cultural identities. These practical instructional strategies and practices guide the implementation of culturally responsive teaching and learning into educational spaces.

Putting Equity Into Practice: Open Pedagogy

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December 2023

Being able to choose course design, content, assignments, assessments, and instructional approaches based on the context of the learners and the current events of the times allows students to relate all areas of the course to their lives and equitizes their experiences and outcomes. This guide is designed to support faculty with operationalizing open pedagogy through a culturally responsive lens.

Putting Equity Into Practice: Social Justice Education

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December 2023

Advancing social justice in education requires establishing educational spaces that foster students’ critical consciousness and ability to analyze systems, policies, and practices that lead to inequitable and unjust experiences and outcomes. A social justice approach to education involves two strategies that will be featured in this guide: anti-racist teaching and abolitionist teaching.

Recommended citation:

Keith, H.R, Kinnison, S. Garth-McCullough, R & Hampton, M (2023, July) Equity-Minded Digital Learning Strategy Guide Series. Every Learner Everywhere.

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Adaptive Courseware for Early Success Case Studies

June 2023

The Adaptive Courseware for Early Success (ACES) Initiative was a grant-funded initiative supported through the Every Learner Everywhere network. The PLC provided intensive coaching, peer-mentorship, collaborative learning and networking opportunities, and educational resources and training to cross-functional, institutional teams at select institutions.