ERIC Number: ED417252
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Diversity Opportunity Tool (DOT). Final Report.
Clayton-Pedersen, Alma R.
Vanderbilt University (Tennessee) developed the Diversity Opportunity Tool (DOT), a computer-based interactive videodisk product designed to deal with two major sources of tension and conflict among persons of different racial and ethnic groups: inappropriate behaviors that derive from ignorance and ineptitude and behaviors that are racist in origin and manifest because it is not clear what the university culture will tolerate. DOT is used both to change the behaviors of users and to demonstrate institutional norms of acceptance of racial and ethnic differences among members of the academic community. DOT illustrates authentic stories that show racial discrimination and responses to them that lend themselves to conflict resolution. This report focuses on the process by which DOT was developed, disseminated, and evaluated. Students in a course associated with the project worked to develop the videodisk, which was pilot tested with about 50 freshmen. Following an introduction, the second section of this report presents information on the conduct and content of that course. The third section focuses on efforts to disseminate DOT, and the fourth section deals with the evaluation of DOT at Vanderbilt and other campuses. The fifth and final section presents a summary of lessons learned and recommendations for future research and development. Because of problems with data collection, the planned evaluation did not demonstrate the effectiveness of DOT empirically, but it laid the foundation for further research. Seven appendixes contain materials for the course, the research study, and an outline of the evaluation effort. (Contains 7 appendices.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, College Freshmen, Computer Assisted Instruction, Conflict Resolution, Course Content, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Differences, Curriculum Development, Diversity (Student), Higher Education, Interaction, Multicultural Education, Racial Discrimination, Student Attitudes, Videodisks
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN.