3.5 Free of Bias

Content is free of cultural, racial, religious, gender, ability, identity, and age bias.

Points: 3 (Essential)


Does your curated content present items objectively and factually?  Bias in instructional materials can take many forms.  Consider how students use content to create a knowledge base.
  • Imbalance & Selectivity—Does your content perpetuate bias by presenting only one interpretation of an issue, situation, or group of people?
  • Invisibility—Does your content exclude or omit a group?  Is a group marginalized or viewed as less important?
  • Linguistic Bias—Does the language level of your content imply bias related to race/ethnicity, gender, accents, age, (dis)ability and sexual orientation?
  • Unreality—Does your content present an unrealistic portrayal of our history and our contemporary life experience?  Does it avoid or gloss over controversial topics?
  • Fragmentation—Does your content separate issues related to marginalized groups to imply that these issues are less important than and not a part of the cultural mainstream?
  • Stereotyping—Does your content portray traditional, rigid views that limit the abilities and potential of a group?


The article and checklist provided below can be used to guide the creation of Bias-Free Content. Although they are both provided by medical schools, the guidelines are curriculum non-specific and can be applied to any discipline.

See also this Equity-minded Chapter Review Final Checklist for open textbooks.



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