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Everyday Inclusion - An Interactive Journey

“Walk a mile in someone else’s shoes” in Virtual Reality.

A Perspective Taking VR-blended course teaching the concepts of Unconscious Bias, Diversity and Inclusion.

This is a three-part VR blended learning course exploring Unconscious Bias, Inclusion, Microagressions and Intersectionality.

Everyday Inclusion has been co-designed with Diversity and Inclusion experts at an Ivy League University.

The VR interactive experiences give you a first-hand experience of bias. They also include wrap-around learning material on unconscious bias and inclusion as well as additional resources for self-directed learning.

In this experience you will step into the shoes of Tamara, the new hire.

“Hi, I am Tamara. I’m an organizational design specialist and I’ve been working at Cornell for 4 months now. I’ve worked really hard over my 20+ year career to hone my skills and I was excited to bring that experience to this team. So far my time at Cornell has been, uh, interesting… Everyone’s been nice for the most part and I really like my colleagues, but these little subtle and not so subtle things keep happening that make me feel… well.. you’ll see.”

This course includes accessible flatscreen VR experiences, but can also be done with our Oculus Quest (VR head mounted display) experience. Which you can download onto your Oculus Quest here.

Learning Objectives

We learn better by doing. The main objective of this VR blended learning is to gain a more practical understanding and awareness of Unconscious Bias.

Importantly, this drives more empathy and gives more practical tools for behaviour change for better inclusion in the workplace.

  • More practical understanding of bias
  • Common shared experience (less imagination bias)
  • Greater empathy
  • More behaviour change
  • Understand what unconscious bias is, and recognize when unconscious bias occurs
  • Understand why it’s important to understand unconscious bias and inclusion.
  • Explore how unconscious bias and inclusion are relevant in the working world.
  • Identify strategies to counteract potential unconscious bias.
  • Identify strategies for inclusion in the workplace.
  • Identify microaggressions in the workplace
  • Understand intersectionality.
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Course Contents

  • VR Experiences. 3 x 3D interactive flatscreen VR experiences
  • Learning Exercises. Learning exercises and reflection
  • Resources. Additional resource material
  • Certificate. Certificate of Completion

*Not Included: Oculus Quest VR (head-mounted display version). However, you can download here.

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VR Experience flow

This course is broken into 3 parts which take an estimated 20 minutes each. Each part follows a similar flow:

  1. Theory. To begin, you will learn a bit of theory about Unconscious Bias.
  2. Experience. You will then experience for yourself a workplace meeting and encounter instances of bias in VR.
  3. Reflect. Do a learning exercise to reflect on what you experienced, and how this might impact your workplace.
  4. Commit. Take action and commit to strategies for mitigating bias and increasing inclusion.

Total Estimated Time for course is 1 hour

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Skills covered in this course

  • Communication
  • Work Relationships
  • Cultivating Productive Work Cultures
  • Empathy
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An Overheard Conversation

Step into the shoes of Tamara, the new hire and experience things from her perspective. What non-inclusive behavior do you recognize?

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The Meeting

Step into the shoes of Tamara for a second time. Learn more about the difference between Inclusion and Diversity.

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Becoming the Manager

Try becoming the manager, Victor. Let’s see if you can make the meeting more inclusive.