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Supporting Students Through Creating Accessible High-Quality Open Education Resources

March 29, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Thanks to everyone who joined our Supporting Students Through Creating Accessible High-Quality Open Education Resources webinar on Monday, March 29, 2021.

As OER awareness continues to increase in postsecondary education, faculty are becoming more curious about how they might invite their students into the creation process, often referred to as Open Pedagogy. As editors and/or creators of OER, students have the opportunity to make existing course content more culturally responsive and representative of their own lived experiences. This collaborative process organically generates opportunities to encourage the diversification of the curriculum and reverse historical inequities perpetuated in commercial textbooks, which are far less likely to be inclusive and representative of underrepresented and marginalized voices.

Although Open Pedagogy provides a new and exciting opportunity to invite the student into the scholarly conversation, it’s crucial to scaffold this process to ensure we both respect student agency and help them create the most accessible, representative, high-quality OER.

Panelists and OER practitioners Hannah Davidson, Accessibility Specialist at Plymouth State University; Will Cross, Director of the Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center in the NC State University Libraries; Stacy Katz, Assistant Professor and Open Resources Librarian-STEM Liaison at Lehman College, City Unioversity of New York; and Steel Wagstaff, Educational Product Manager at Pressbooks shared their expertise and relevant experiences concerning topics like author agency, privacy, accessibility, and copyright and fair use.

  • Lindsey Gumb is the New England Board of Higher Education’s Open Education Fellow and also an assistant professor and scholarly communications librarian at Roger Williams University. She co-chairs the Rhode Island state steering committee for Governor Raimondo’s Open Textbook Initiative and researches the intersections of open education and information literacy in higher education.
  • Will Cross is the Director of the Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center in the NC State University Libraries, an instructor in the UNC SILS, and an OER Research Fellow. Trained as a lawyer and librarian, he guides policy, speaks, and writes on open culture and navigating legal uncertainty. Will’s current research focuses on the relationship between copyright and open education.
  • Hannah Davidson (she/her) is the Accessibility Specialist at Plymouth State University where she is also a teaching lecturer and a doctoral candidate. Her research connects Open Education and accessibility–specifically attempting to capture the voices of students with disabilities regarding OER and open pedagogy. Hannah provides workshops and consultation throughout the Northeast to help bring awareness of disability and inclusive design, and re-thinking pedagogy to help all students have an affirming and equitable academic experience.
  • Stacy Katz is Assistant Professor and Open Resources Librarian-STEM Liaison at Lehman College, CUNY. She initiated, developed, and continues to oversee the Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative for the college. Stacy’s research to date has focused on OER, particularly how librarians develop and support OER initiatives and student views on OER, as well as open pedagogy. Her research appears in peer-reviewed journals such as Open Praxis, Journal for Multicultural Education, and the New Review of Academic Librarianship. To promote the research on OER and open pedagogy within CUNY, she maintains the CUNY OER Bibliography.
  • Steel Wagstaff is the Educational Product Manager at Pressbooks, a small Canadian company which makes open source publishing software. Prior to joining Pressbooks, he worked as an instructional technology consultant, English instructor, and freshman writing program administrator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he helped dozens of faculty members implement open pedagogy projects and student-involved OER publishing efforts. He has a Ph.D. in English and an MLIS; his dissertation research was published as an openly-licensed website dedicated to the life and work of the “Objectivists”, a loosely-affiliated group of twentieth century poets. He is currently working (with Jenny Penberthy) on a selected edition of letters by the Wisconsin poet Lorine Niedecker, to be published as an open access monograph.
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March 29, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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