Readings and Resources on Social Justice and Open Education

  • Open Textbooks and Social Justice: a National Scoping Study: This study investigated the potential for open textbooks to assist with improving the experience and outcomes of under-represented higher education students in the Australian context.
  • Open at the Margins: Critical Perspectives in Open Education: This book represents a starting point towards curating and centering marginal voices and non-dominant epistemic stances in open education. It includes the work of 43 diverse authors whose perspectives challenge the dominant hegemony.
  • Evaluating OER for Social Justice: As part of the resource, there’s an OER 101 brochure providing background on essential concepts, an OER Evaluation Rubric that centers on Social Justice, examples of OER reviews completed using the rubric, and a tutorial for those using the rubric to guide their selection of OER.
  • OER Equity Blueprint: The overarching goal of the Equity Blueprint is to define, unpack, and explain the multiple dimensions of equity and foreground the role of OER in closing equity gaps.
  • It’s Not (Just) About the Cost: Academic Libraries and Intentionally Engaged OER for Social Justice [PDF]: How can librarians seize the radical affordances of OER to complicate standard narratives with the stories of those historically and systemically marginalised? The author discusses the unique potentials of the academic library to support intentionally engaged OER as well as the responsibility of librarians to center marginalised perspectives in their work with faculty as cocreators and identifiers of OER.
  • Towards a Sustainable OER Ecosystem: the Case for OER Stewardship: The purpose of the CARE Framework is to articulate a set of shared values and a collective vision for the future of education and learning enabled by the widespread adoption and use of OER. It aims to address the question of how an individual, institution, or organization seeking to be a good steward can contribute to the growth and sustainability of the OER movement consistent with the community’s values.
  • The OER Starter Kit: This starter kit has been created to provide instructors with an introduction to the use and creation of open educational resources (OER).

Readings and Resources on Accessibility

  • BcCampus’s Accessibility Toolkit: The goal of this accessibility toolkit, 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.
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG): Worldwide guidelines for web accessibility to ensure web content is available to all
  • How to Ensure Accessibility for Educational Videos: an article that addressed how to make videos accessible.
  • H5P Content Type Accessibility: a list of H5P content and whether it is accessible.
  • Dos and don’ts on designing for accessibility: The dos and don’ts of designing for accessibility are general best practice guidelines. Currently, there are six different posters in the series that cater to users from these areas: low vision, D/deaf and hard of hearing, dyslexia, motor disabilities, users on the autistic spectrum and users of screen readers
  • Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative guides: two helpful guides for the publishing and disability sectors. The first guide offers publishers a set of workflow strategies for creating accessible digital books that are inclusive by design, and the second guide explains the legal environment for making books accessible to those with a print disability.
  • Introduction to Web Accessibility: The instruction here will “interpret” the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1), to make it easier to understand for a general audience. You will have an opportunity to experience barriers firsthand, then experience that content with the barriers removed, developing a practical understanding of web accessibility.
  • Understanding Document Accessibility: With much of the world gone digital, learning to create documents that are accessible to everyone is becoming a necessary skill. Intended for a general audience, this free resource reviews a wide range of document authoring applications, including the tools they contain for creating accessible documents, and tests them to ensure they do not contain potential barriers.
  • How to describe images: a guide to writing Alt-text descriptions.

Readings and Resources on Universal Design for Learning and Inclusive Design

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Resources

LGBTIQ+ and Trans Inclusion in OER

  • Trans Inclusion in OER: This resource is a guide on how to make OER more inclusive and representative of trans and gender diverse people. It is intended to be easily incorporated into a scholarly communications course, while also being valuable to faculty and others interested in learning about the topic and how to make changes to their own course materials.
  • Students as Co-Producers of Queer Pedagogy: Responding to concerns about a textbook reading that students perceived as heteronormative, cisnormative, and antifeminist, staff formed a partnership between students and faculty to reflect on the situation and to workshop ways to move forward.
  • The Gender Spectrum Collection: Free stock photos of trans and non-binary people. Licence: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.
  • Queer in Tech: Photos that promote the visibility of queer and gender-nonconforming (GNC) people in technology, who are often under-represented as workers powering the creative, technical, and business leadership of groundbreaking tech companies and products. Licence: CC BY 3.0.
  • Resources for Educators: Teaching in ways that are trans-affirming and gender-just does not require exhaustive knowledge, but it does require an unequivocal investment in trans people and in trans knowledges. Resources across this site can help you begin or continue your journey toward increasingly affirming and ethical pedagogies.

Students as Co-Creators

Readings and Resources on Anti-Racist and Inclusive Open Pedagogy

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