June 29 – July 1
Long Beach, CA

Open for Antiracism: Using Open Education to Support Antiracist Teaching

All Audiences

The Open for Antiracism program supports California Community College faculty aiming to leverage Open Education to make their teaching antiracist. The program emerged as a response to institutional statements decrying racism but not always supporting faculty transformation of online classroom practices. Program participants complete a facilitated online course to learn about Antiracist Pedagogy, Open Educational Resources, and Open Pedagogy, and the connections between these. Participants then implement a concrete change to a semester-long class by integrating OER or open pedagogy as a way to make the class antiracist. Participants receive on-going support through monthly webinars featuring speakers on anti-racism, regular meetings with coaches, and dedicated OER support. In some cases, existing OER reproduces the biases of larger society, for example, by emphasizing the perspectives of majority cultures and languages.

This program trains faculty to view OER as an opportunity to improve existing materials and create new materials with an explicitly inclusive and equitable perspective. In addition, participants are encouraged to do this via co-creation with their students. In sum, the program provides an example of how to move beyond reproducing the biases found in commercial materials and to explicitly make instructional materials inclusive and equitable. During this session, you will hear from both program leaders and faculty participants about their experience in the program. Data collected on faculty perceptions and student outcomes will be shared. The evolution of the program from individual to faculty teams in order to foster institutional support and impact for antiracist pedagogy will be discussed. The audience will be asked to participate in a dialogue on how their institution can most effectively engage with anti-racist pedagogy.

Session Outcomes:

  • Define antiracist pedagogy.
  • Describe how open education can support antiracist pedagogy in online classes and beyond.
  • Summarize outcomes of the Open for Antiracism Program.
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