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Thursday, November 12 • 12:00pm - 12:55pm
Rebuilding Open Courses for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: A Community College Perspective

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Although equity is often identified as the major motivation for open course development, affordability of content is just one of the many decision points that need to be considered when expanding access. Community colleges have long been adopters of open materials for affordability reasons, however, equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) initiatives at many institutions are just now examining how we can use open practices to build equity for our community college students. In 2017 CCCOER launched our EDI Blog series, which led to the establishment of our EDI Committee in 2020. Our goals include examining issues of EDI within our organization, our field, and promoting work from our member institutions that advances EDI through openness. We know that openness isn’t equity, but many colleges are leveraging conversations about equity and access as a starting point in order for their open classes to better meet EDI goals. Join us for this interactive discussion about how we can rebuild open courses to be more equitable and create open development processes that truly support equity for underserved students.

Learning Outcomes:
Participants will:
Discuss principles of equity-minded decision making to transform open courses.
Explore and affirm our commitment to centralizing EDI in enhancing open course design & development.


Speakers
avatar for Shinta Hernandez

Shinta Hernandez

Department Chair, Montgomery College
avatar for Tonja Conerly

Tonja Conerly

Professor of Sociology, San Jacinto College
- Former OER Director (ATD Grant)-Houston Area OER Consortium Founder-Diversity and Inclusivity Facilitator-OpenStax - Introduction to Sociology contributor
avatar for Quill West

Quill West

Open Education Project Manager, Employee Learning and Development, Pierce College
avatar for Ursula Pike

Ursula Pike

Associate Director, Digital Higher Education Consortium of Texas
I am the Associate Director of the Digital Higher Education Consortium of Texas (DigiTex). I have worked in higher education in Texas for over a decade. As coordinator for Austin Community College’s Open Educational Resources (OER) initiative, I supported OER course options as they... Read More →


Thursday November 12, 2020 12:00pm - 12:55pm EST
Concurrent 1
  Social Justice, Interactive Discussion