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Open Educational Resources (OER)

a guide for instructors and faculty to learn more about Open Education Resources, where to find them, how to use them, and how to create them

Equity, Accessibility & Diversity

Equity

White Paper: Textbook Affordability and Student Success for Historically Underserved Populations at CSUCI by California State University Chanel Islands

Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) by CCCOER 

Looking for Images that Reflect Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Ask the Community by Heather Blicher, Assistant Professor & eLearning Librarian, Southern New Hampshire University.

Leveraging Open Educational Resources for Queer Students from New America by Kelsey Smith, OER Librarian, West Hills College Lemoore

Taking OER Off-Campus: Equity Is About More Than Saving Money By Ursula Pike, Instructional Initiatives Coordinator at Austin Community College

A Question of Labor: Reconsidering OER and Inequality By Elvis Bakaitis, Adjunct Reference Librarian at The Graduate Center and New York City College of Technology (CityTech), both part of the City University of New York 

Reaching Underserved Students through Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning Overview of Dr. J. Luke’s keynote at the Online Teaching Conference 2018 By Una Daly

Hurry Up and Slow Down: Indigenization and OER By Rose Roberts, Educational Development Specialist (Indigenous Engagement and Education) and Heather M. Ross, Educational Developer; University of Saskatchewan

OER Degree Program Promotes Success for All Students Even During Extreme Weather By Tonja Conerly, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, San Jacinto College

Teaching is not Neutral  By Lauri Aesoph, Manager, Open Education, BCcampus

Minimizing Barriers Through Open Practices By Kaela Parks, Director, Disability Services, Portland Community College

Gaps in Open and No-Cost Adoptions by Vera Kennedy, Sociology Faculty, West Hills College Lemoore

Accessibility

As educators we have legal and ethical obligations to ensure our courses are fully accessible to all learners, including those with disabilities. We use digital resources in our courses because we believe they enhance learning. However, unless carefully chosen with accessibility in mind, these resources can have the opposite effect for students with disabilities, erecting daunting barriers that make learning difficult or impossible.

There are a variety of supports and resources available to help find and choose the best OER with accessibility in mind.

WCAG 2.1

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, developed by the World Wide Web Consortium, provide an international standard that defines accessibility of web-based resources. The principles of WCAG 2.1 are applicable to other digital assets as well, including software, video, and digital documents. The University of Washington has developed an IT Accessibility Checklist that can help anyone creating or choosing digital resources to understand the accessibility requirements related to the features and functions of those resources.

To learn a bit more about accessibility you can watch the following video: 

General Accessibility Resources

California Community College’s Accessibility Center  Provides accessibility resources, training, and assistance.

COOL4Ed (the California Open Online Library for Education) Ebook Accessibility Reviews  This resource was created so that faculty can easily find, adopt, utilize, review and/or modify free and open e-textbooks for little or no cost. The COOL4Ed accessibility open textbook evaluations can inform faculty, staff, and students how the free and open e-textbooks meet 15 accessibility “checkpoints” that could impact the learning of learners with a range of disabilities.

BCCampus Open Education Accessibility Toolkit  The goal of this accessibility toolkit, 2nd edition, is to provide resources for each content creator, instructional designer, educational technologist, librarian, administrator, and teaching assistant to create a truly open textbook—one that is free and accessible for all students. This is a collaboration between BCcampus, Camosun College, and CAPER-BC.

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (NCAEM) - Creating AEM   Consider the use of accessibility guidelines and best practices when creating Open Education Resources (OERs) and locally developed educational materials. Review the NIMAS technical specification and information about MathML. Learn practical tips for creating Accessible Educational Materials that follow the POUR principles of accessibility: PerceivableOperable, Understandable, and Robust.

Rebus Community Ongoing List of Tools and Accessibility suggests that creators, and specifically project leads, start thinking about accessibility and inclusivity early in the textbook creation process. Doing so will limit remediation and adjustments after release. It’ll also make your textbook as useful as it can be to as many students as possible as soon as your book is released.

The Intersection of Accessibility and Open Educational Resources, by Kaela Parks, Disability Services, Portland Community College 

Open UBC's OER Accessibility Toolkit    The goal of the OER Accessibility Toolkit is to provide the needed resources needed to each content creator, instructor, instructional designer, educational technologist, librarian, administrator, and teaching assistant to create a truly open and accessible educational resource — one that is accessible for all students.

Wave Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool by Webaim     A resource for testing the accessibility of web pages.


Attributions:

"Resource Accessibility" by ASCCC OERI WebinarASCCC OER Initiative is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0 / A derivative from the original work

Open Washington OER Tutorial: Module 9: AccessibilityOpen Washington, licensed under CC BY 4.0 .

Diversity

"Diversity, in the OER sense, can be introduced when we curate, remix, and revise resources into our courses. We can also leverage OER-enabled pedagogy to solicit students in creating diversity for class materials. The goal being to ensure their voices and perspectives are authentic and accurately represented. I’m curious to hear how people approach diversity, both of content but also of thought in their teaching practices."

                                                   - Quill West, Open Ed Project Manager, Pierce College District, and CCCOER President                                                                https://www.cccoer.org/2018/10/09/on-equity-diversity-inclusion-and-open-education/


"Sac City College Success Rates By Ethnicity" by AERCOpen Educational ResourcesSacramento City College is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0


The Impact of Open Educational Resources on Various Student Success Metrics. Colvard, Nicholas B.; Watson, C. Edward; Park, Hyojin. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, v30 n2 p 262-276 2018

Recent research from University of Georgia (2018) that showed Pell-eligible and “minority” students had even better outcomes than “traditional” students when enrolled in courses using OER vs. traditional textbooks. 

Looking for Images that Reflect Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Ask the Community by Heather Blicher, Assistant Professor & eLearning Librarian, Southern New Hampshire University.

Leveraging Open Educational Resources for Queer Students from New America by Kelsey Smith, OER Librarian, West Hills College Lemoore

black. illustrations Beautiful, free illustrations of black people for your next digital project