Promoting Inclusivity When No One’s There: The Case With Online Tutorials

Poster Description: This presentation focuses on content and structure choices that are possible in online tutorials to create inclusive, welcoming learning environments even without the benefits of personal interaction. I focus on several techniques I have used in recent tutorials including recasting all examples and questions to feature gender neutral language, deliberately centering my examples around diverse scholars, and using the audiovisual affordances of the tutorial format to make these representations visual and aural as well as textual. Because this presentation comes as much out of my own desire for better practice as my advice, it also includes an interactive space for participants to share their own ideas and practices and crowd share more ideas to make tutorials more inclusive.

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Presenter Name: Abigail Mann, Illinois Wesleyan University

Presenter Bio: Abby Mann is the Online Learning Librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University where she focuses on both creating online learning objects and helping faculty envision and design digital scholarship projects for pedagogical purposes. Her research interests include building DH communities within a library and the elements and resources librarians bring in to creating tutorials, especially in terms of constituent needs related to DEI. Email:

5 replies on “Promoting Inclusivity When No One’s There: The Case With Online Tutorials”

I like that you listed multimodal affordances as one option for promoting inclusivity in online tutorials. That is a UDL technique too. I also try to include graphics with a variety of types of people in images that I use. I like using Nappy ( for images of black and brown people. Are there any other sources for diverse stock images that you can recommend?

Nappy is a great one, Bree! Unsplash does a pretty good job with tags so you can search for diverse images. I also think it’s helpful to seek out content from diverse speakers so that images/sounds are organically diverse as opposed to maybe feeling “added on?” As i noted, I’m trying to think this through–if markedly diverse images may feel tacked on when faced with the homogeneity that still marks much of the academic conversation?

That makes sense. But at a small university that doesn’t have funds to bring in outside speakers, we are stuck with who are faculty are (which tends not to be an overly diverse group).

I really do appreciate all your great ideas and it has expanded my thinking. I wonder if, since you are using some pop culture examples, if reviewing and updating these examples in your tutorials is manageable? Are students themselves providing ideas that can be incorporated?

Great point, Joy–these are pretty new, but I was thinking I’ll want to update the pop culture references pretty frequently. I wonder if you could do a student poll or contest to select the examples as a way to being students in to the process?

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