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Overcoming Bias

A free Student to World online course from Global Nomads Group

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Overcoming Bias

Learn how people form biases, how they can overcome them, and how they can help others do the same.

Youth explore how they internalize and form biases and how they can work to overcome such biases. Through activities, media resources, and authentic global youth stories, youth learn to reflect on their own assumptions, explore the biases they encounter in their communities and in the media, and create an action plan for addressing such biases in themselves and others.

Global Nomads Group leverages the power of storytelling to promote empathy and bring social issues to life through day-to-day realities. Read real, impactful, stories from youth participants around the world that reveal deep truths about global issues. Then youth can enhance the conversation by sharing their own stories with fellow Student to World users and participate in moderated live conversations.

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About The Course

Who Should Register

Educators
Classroom teachers and school administrators.

Group leaders & mentors
Afterschool programs and groups, faith-based organizations, scouting, clubs, etc.

Independent learners
Individual youth participants

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Designed by Youth for Youth

Each Student to World course is a product of Global Nomads Group’s unique Content Creation Lab, a virtual internship program that brings together youth leaders from around the world. Working under the guidance of subject matter experts, these participants study, synthesize information, and create age-appropriate content for their peers.

Chief of Programs and Learning Sandra Stein, Ph.D., describes the Content Creation Lab process.

“Student to World is successful in building students’ global awareness, 21st Century Skill of communication & collaboration, action-orientation, and empathy.”

Cogent Evaluation, Program Evaluation (2020)

Text + Video Formats

Experience this content through your choice of learning paths.

Text-based course

Includes written text, images, videos, and multimedia.

Content is available in a growing selection of languages.

Video-based course

The same content, but explained through video conversations.

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Learning Modules

Module 1: Everyday Book Covers

Youth explore and share stories about a time they made an assumption about someone based on information they chose to focus on, that they later realized was wrong.

Module 2: Everyday Local Contact

Youth explore and share stories about a specific moment where something they learned challenged their bias about someone who is different from them.

Module 3: Everyday Global Community

Youth explore and share stories about a news article or social media post about another country. Students write a script of an imagined conversation with someone from another country.

Module 4: Everyday Action

Youth write action plans to interrupt bias in themselves and others.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will consider the aspects of a person that they pay attention to when they meet a new person.
  • Learn the differences between selection bias and confirmation bias.
  • Learn about the Ladder of Inference and explore the ways they go up the Ladder of Inference.
  • Consider who they frequently come into contact with in their local communities and who they’ve been taught to trust and fear.
  • Know how stories help us connect to one another across distance and difference.
  • Discover how diverse their universe is through an activity.
  • Learn about implicit biases.
  • Consider media representation and the media’s influences on their everyday lives.
  • Learn how to interrupt and confront bias in themselves and others.

Standards Alignments

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

  • Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Goal 5: Gender Equality
  • Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities
  • Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
  • Goal 17: Helping governments and stakeholders make the SDGs a reality
CASEL Social & Emotional Learning
  • Self Awareness
  • Self Management
  • Responsible Decision Making
  • Social Awareness
Asia Society Global Competencies
  • Investigate the world
  • Recognize perspectives
  • Communicate ideas
  • Take Action
21st Century Skills
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Information Literacy
  • Media Literacy
  • Technology Literacy
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Initiative and Self-Direction
  • Productivity and Accountability
  • Leadership and Responsibility

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