Using open educational resources doesn’t inherently bring more diverse perspectives to your course materials. Just because a text is openly licensed does not ensure that it was created through an equity lens.
That said, instructors who adopt or create openly licensed materials can tailor the content to their learning objectives and student needs, bringing in relevant perspectives for their communities. Examples of bringing more diversity into course materials include translating into different languages, including images/examples of diverse people, and using open pedagogy to incorporate student voices and student work.
- Equity & Openness (blog post series by Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources)
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Open Textbooks (recorded webinar hosted by Rebus Community)
- Open at the Margins: Critical Perspectives on Open Education (book edited by Maha Bali, Catherine Cronin, Laura Czerniewicz, Robin DeRosa, and Rajiv Jhangiani)
Open Oregon Educational Resources received funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to run a statewide Equity & Open Education Faculty Cohort Model from 2020-2022. This professional development course was created by library faculty member Jen Klaudinyi at Portland Community College. Registration will be posted at openoregon.org.