Open for Antiracism: Using Open Education to Support Antiracist Teaching :sync:

James Glapa-Grossklag (College of the Canyons), Una Daly (CCCOER of OE Global), Joy Shoemate (College of the Canyons), Kim Grewe (Northern Virginia Community College)

The Open for Anti-Racism program supports US community college faculty aiming to leverage Open Education to make their teaching antiracist. The program emerged as a response to institutional statements decrying racism not always being translated into teaching practices that directly support faculty and students.

The Open for Anti-Racism program supports UNESCO Recommendation #3,”Encouraging effective, inclusive and equitable access to quality OER.” In some cases, existing OER reproduces the biases of larger society, for example, by emphasizing the perspectives of majority cultures and languages. This program trained faculty to view OER as an opportunity to improve existing materials and create new materials with an explicitly inclusive and equitable perspective. In addition, participants were encouraged to do this via co-creation with their students. In sum, this session provides an example of how to move beyond reproducing the biases found in commercial materials and to explicitly make instructional materials inclusive and equitable.

Our first cohort of participants completed a four-week, facilitated online course to learn about Anti-Racist Pedagogy, Open Educational Resources, and Open Pedagogy, and the connections between these. Participants then implemented a concrete change to a semester-long class by integrating OER or open pedagogy as a way to make the class antiracist. Participants received on-going support through monthly webinars featuring speakers on anti-racism, regular meetings with coaches, and dedicated OER support.

During this session, you will learn about the genesis of the Open for Anti-Racism program and the development of the core course. You will also hear about examples of changes that participants made to their teaching and how they used OER to make their classes antiracist. The program leads, CCCOER and College of the Canyons, will present program outcomes and suggestions for improvement. The audience will be asked to discuss how they can more effectively use OER to reform our teaching and how the field of OER can more effectively engage with anti-racist pedagogy.

Participants at all levels of knowledge are welcome!

Extended abstract: OE_Global_2021_paper_131.pdf 📄

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This presentation is part of Webinar 15 Inclusive and equitable OER taking place in your local time .

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UNESCO OER Action Area: Inclusive and equitable OER

Language: English

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