OpenEd17: The 14th Annual Open Education Conference
October 11 – 13, 2017  ::  Anaheim, CA

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Wednesday, October 11 • 10:30am - 11:25am
Equity, bias and their relationship to OER

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According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, equity is defined as the freedom from bias or favoritism. Achieving the Dream believes that higher education institutions have an obligation to work toward equity for their students. The development and use of non-biased open resources have the power to create equitable learning experiences for all students. One question this panel will tackle is whether or not the use of OER in higher education environments automatically ensures that issues of diversity and equity are addressed.

The open education movement is heavily rooted in the belief that teachers and faculty have the freedom to develop content that meets the needs of their students. This raises a few questions. Can the implementation of OER exacerbate bias? To what degree is OER content culturally relevant? Does the majority of OER content have a white American male slant? Are we remixing content that unintentionally alienates a particular group of students?

During this session, panelists from community colleges and four year institutions will tackle the tough questions related to the intersection of equity and OER while addressing the ways in which OER can challenge bias.

Session panelists will discuss strategies for creating more diversity in the OER space and exploring success and challenges in developing culturally relevant and relatable OER content. They will also address ways in which colleges can consider issues of equity when designing OER courses and degree programs.

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jean amaral

open knowledge librarian, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY, United States of America
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Francesca Carpenter

Associate Director, Achieving the Dream
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Daphnie Sicre

Assistant Professor, Borough of Manhattan Community College/CUNY
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Brenda Vollman

Assistant Professor, CUNY BMCC

Wednesday October 11, 2017 10:30am - 11:25am PDT