Online ExpertTrack in Politics & Society

Promoting Equality and Participation in Technology Development

Learn how to create and advocate for gender inclusion, anti-racism, and diverse innovation in technology development.

Created by

UAL Creative Computing InstituteUAL Creative Computing Institute

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In collaboration with

Coding Black FemalesCoding Black Females

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In collaboration with

Feminist InternetFeminist Internet

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In collaboration with

UKBlackTechUKBlackTech

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Discover how to make positive changes to promote equality in tech development

This Expert Track gives you the chance to learn with leading industry experts and develop the critical and practical tools needed to create or advocate for more equitable technologies.

Once you have completed all three courses, you’ll be able to use the tools you’ve developed to promote equality and diversity in your own context. Whether you work in recruitment, user research, implementation, testing, marketing, or any other area, you’ll have the techniques to advocate for and implement meaningful change in technology development.

Advocate for gender-inclusive technology

You’ll explore how technologies can replicate gender stereotypes and inequalities found in society, and how you can challenge this. You’ll look at a range of inclusive design approaches, from research and development to testing and implementation, hearing the perspectives of some incredible gender equality advocates along the way.

Develop anti-racist approaches to assist your business processes

On this course, you’ll go on a journey from historical examples of racism in technology to inspiring present day examples of technology promoting anti-racism. You’ll discover the importance of considering race at every stage of the process, from recruiting teams and user research to implementation and launching a product, and how you can apply these approaches to your own life.

Cultivate diversity in the workplace to amplify innovation

The second course will take you through diverse innovation and the benefits that it can bring to both society and the economy. You’ll discover how to create diverse cultures in your workplace and how you can amplify underrepresented voices.

Learn from UAL Creative Computing Institute and other experts in these fields

This ExpertTrack has been created by The Creative Computing Institute in partnership with a number of leading experts. You’ll explore these important topics with Charlene Hunter, the CEO of Coding Black Females, Mark Martin, MBE, co-founder of UK Black Tech, and Andrew Mallinson, a co-founder of Feminist Internet.

Once you’ve completed this ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to advocate for anti-racism, diverse innovation, and gender inclusivity in technology development. You’ll also be able to take the tools and techniques you’ve learned and apply them to your professional and personal life, no matter what industry you work in.

Key skills you will learn

  • Critical Thinking
  • Collaboration
  • Creating diverse teams
  • Inclusive approaches to data
  • Inclusive user research
  • Inclusive design and marketing

Learning outcomes

By the end of the ExpertTrack, you’ll be able to...

  • Summarise key elements of gender-inclusive design
  • Apply gender-inclusive design processes in your own context
  • Critique forms of racism within technology
  • Practice anti-racist approaches to technology in your own context
  • Debate different approaches to diverse innovation
  • Develop ways to support diverse innovation in your own context

Experience required

This ExpertTrack is designed for anyone interested in creating or advocating for gender inclusive and anti-racist technologies, and diverse innovation.

You may also be interested if you’re in or are thinking about a career that is touched by technology, and want to ensure that your work promotes equality.

You don’t need any coding skills for this course.

Getting started

This is a practical ExpertTrack and the application of the skills you’ll learn are applicable in a wide range of professional contexts.

From computer science to social media marketing, creative entrepreneurship to journalism, if the promotion of equality matters to you or your organisation, this course will ensure you can create or advocate for technologies that bring about fairer and more inclusive communities, businesses, and products.

ExpertTrack course overview

  • Course 1

    Explore how to create and advocate for gender-inclusive technologies to promote equality in society.

    1 peer-graded assignment

    3 weeks

    4 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Week 1
      • Welcome to the course
      • Key concepts
      • Gender inequality in the technology industry
      • Gender inclusive technologies: good and bad practices
      • Wrapping up Week 1
    • Week 2

      Week 2
      • Who are you working with and how?
      • Starting the design process
      • Feedback and testing as you design
      • Wrapping up Week 2
    • Week 3

      Week 3
      • Gender, data & privacy
      • Marketing and representation
      • Practicing gender inclusion
      • Speculating about gender-inclusive futures
      • Final reflections
  • Course 2

    Discover how current technologies reinforce racism and how you can implement anti-racist approaches in your context.

    1 peer-graded assignment

    3 weeks

    4 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Week 1
      • Welcome to the course
      • Starting to talk about race
      • Racism in technologies
      • Impacts of racism in technology
      • Wrapping up Week 1
    • Week 2

      Week 2
      • What is anti-racist techonlogy?
      • What does anti-racist technology look like?
      • Tackling racism in organisations
      • Tackling racism in the development process
      • Wrapping up Week 2
    • Week 3

      Week 3
      • Who is responsible for creating anti-racist tech?
      • Recruitment & User Research
      • Algorithms, data and testing
      • Reflection and summary
  • Course 3

    Develop better products and services by learning how to amplify diverse voices and cultivate an inclusive culture.

    1 peer-graded assignment

    3 weeks

    4 hours per week

    • Week 1

      Week 1
      • Getting started: diversity, inclusion and innovation
      • What is diverse innovation?
      • The benefits of diverse innovation
      • Risks of not supporting diverse innovation
    • Week 2

      Week 2
      • Understanding different identities
      • Diverse work cultures
      • Good practices in diverse innovation
      • The importance of trust
    • Week 3

      Week 3
      • The importance of transparency
      • Accountability
      • Amplifying voices
      • Putting diverse innovation into practice

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  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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World-class learning with UAL Creative Computing Institute

The UAL Creative Computing Institute (CCI) offers innovative new courses, research opportunities and a public platform to explore computer science and creative practice.

This ExpertTrack is in collaboration with Coding Black Females

Coding Black Females is a nonprofit organisation, and our primary aim is to provide opportunities for Black female developers to develop themselves, meet familiar faces, network, receive support and build relationships through having regular meetups.

This ExpertTrack is in collaboration with Feminist Internet

Feminist Internet is a collective of designers, academics and activists that aims to disrupt inequalities in internet products and services by educating and equipping the people who build them and use them.

This ExpertTrack is in collaboration with UKBlackTech

UKBlackTech is an innovation group on a mission to make the UK the world’s most ethnically diverse tech ecosystem. Through services, workshops, and events, we foster new talent and help organisations ascend to the next level.

Meet your instructors

Hello, I'm Andrew. I'm an artist and writer and co-founder of Feminist Internet, an organisation working to tackle internet inequalities.

Charlene is the founder and CEO of Coding Black Females, a non profit organisation to inspire, provide opportunities, and showcase the talents of black women in tech.

Mark Martin aka @Urban_Teacher is an Advanced Skills Teacher in Education and Computer Science. He is a teacher/advisor for the major global tech brands and continues to advocate for home-grown talent

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