Diversity & inclusion are important to educational success.

Help students be respectful of all people and cultures in their writing assignments.

The online course, "Diversity in Content Writing," illustrates how to identify and avoid language bias by analyzing real case studies of agencies that have fallen victim to bias. Every lesson shows alternate ways to write objectively. Although we cannot control people's (mis)interpretations of our writing, we can ensure that it meets current standards of decency when referencing race, sex, gender, orientation, age, medical condition or disability. This self-paced class is delivered completely online and does not require attendance in a physical location. The course is offered all year round without date or clock time restrictions. However, participants receive six (6) months of access to complete the course after registration. In order to receive a certificate, all lessons must be completed at 100% before the course expires in six (6) months after registration.

  • ADE ID CODE: 3285082100000
    FOCUS AREA: K-12 Content
  • This course has been approved by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) for K-12 educator professional development, and is worth 6 PD hours that count toward your teacher licensure requirements.
  • View approval status on our website.

Learning Objectives

  • #1

    Understand the definitions of unconscious bias and language bias.

  • #2

    Learn to identify and correct personal bias in a variety of content writing.

  • #3

    Get specific tips on correcting biased writing and strategies for writing objectively.

Course Curriculum

    1. Welcome!

    2. Video: Purchase the Class

    3. Video: Access the Class

    4. Viewing the Lessons

    5. Video: Downloading Materials

    6. Text: OnyxEd Student Lounge

    1. Video: Unconscious Bias

    2. Slides: Unconscious Bias

    3. Quiz: Unconscious Bias

    1. Video: Types of Bias

    2. Slides: Types of Bias

    3. Quiz: Types of Bias

    1. Audio Slides: Defining Language Bias

    2. Slide: Arby's Language Bias

    3. Audio Slides: Social Media Bias

    4. Exercise: Objective vs. Subjective

    1. Video: Biased Language

    2. Slides: Biased Language

    3. Quiz: Biased Language

    1. Video: Identifying Writing Bias

    2. Slides: Identifying Writing Bias

    3. Audio Slides: Walmart's Unfortunate Newsletter

    4. Quiz: Identifying Writing Bias

About this course

  • 27 lessons
  • 0.5 hours of video content

What You Get

As an individual (single user) taking this class for personal or professional development, you have full access to class materials for your specified time of enrollment. You must complete all lessons and surveys to receive your certificate. Learn at your own pace. The instructor retains all copyright ownership for all of the materials presented in this course. Any resources not directly written by the instructor are duly noted and properly cited. Students are expected to abide by fair use laws when printing course materials. No part of this course may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the author.

  • Content Drip Schedule: 2x weekly
    Weekly Study Time: 2-4 hours
    Estimated Course Completion: 4 weeks
    16 Course Hours
    6 PD Hours

  • Video Lessons
    Lecture Slides
    PDF Handouts
    Weekly Reminder Emails

  • Duration: six (6) months
    Certificate of Professional Development

Your Instructor

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”--Albert Einstein

Ashan R. Hampton


Ashan R. Hampton served as an English instructor in higher education for over 20 years. She proudly cherishes the distinction of being the first African American female graduate of the Donaghey Scholars Program at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, under the direction of Dr. C. Earl Ramsey, Emeritus. With her doctoral studies on hold, Ashan has found success in online education. She produces and teaches original writing and grammar courses for global audiences. Outside of academics, Ashan worked for short stints in the corporate world as a technical writer, website designer, digital content coordinator, proofreader and legal editor. She is also a self-published author who has recently released multiple books on grammar, writing, proofreading and copyediting, now available on Amazon, Lulu, and other popular booksellers. All book titles and ordering information are posted on her website at: www.arhampton.com.