Avoiding gender and age issues in an elearning course

Hi community members. I am developing an online resource around Domestic & Family Violence and how managers can support people in the workplace. One section is around possible signs that someone may be a victim of domestic violence. The initial idea was to show some images of people, with users clicking on them to show a layer of some signs they may be victims. See initial proof image below.

The client has raised that there might be issues with the selection of people and that we might be excluding certain demographics or focusing on different demographics.

So the question to the community - what other design ideas do people have to allow users to pull the image?

Thanks in advance.


5 Replies
Jennifer Valley

I like Allison's idea but have the same concerns.  You could add a disclaimer at the beginning of the training that says something like "Domestic Violence is a serious issue that effects many people from all walks of life. This training is a representations of what you could encounter. Please keep in mind the general principals of this lesson and if you have any questions, comment or concerns regarding the safety of someone you come in contact with please speak with "insert authority"."  It could be a good chance to educate the learner by providing statistics about domestic abuse in your country as a visual.

Cary Glenn

The use of illustrated characters might be helpful. Some of them can be modified to change skin tones.

This is a complicated issue. You have competing forces involved. Being inclusive but not being seen as just throwing every minority into a course so you can't be accused of being bigoted. You also have issues where realistic characters may trigger problems with people who have experienced abuse (the whole topic might do that though) and illustrated characters might be seen as not serious enough for the subject matter.

Midi Prefix

You could possibly design a super complex system in which the user generates a character they will follow through the course, altering their skin tone, height, weight, hair colour, eye colour, and anything else you can think of. Of course, this would be a massive amount of work, but it takes the onus off you, and puts it onto the person using the activity.