Sustainability Challenges for Open Resources to promote an Equitable Undergraduate Biology Education (SCORE-UBE)
About the Group
SCORE-UBE Network Meeting
Bates College, Lewiston, ME
October 17-19, 2019
Sustainability Challenges for Open Resources to promote an Equitable Undergraduate Biology Education (SCORE-UBE) Network explores the promise of equity and the realistic challenges of sustainability assumed by open educational resources (OER) in undergraduate biology education. We broadly define OER to include open access publications, software, and digital platforms that enhance college biology instruction. We believe in the vision of OER as an opportunity to give educators and their students access to high-quality and emerging area curriculum, but with the tension that this takes human-technological infrastructure that requires economic/financial, social/cultural, and technological sustainability. Our network considers these unique challenges for digital resources in the context of an undergraduate biology education, striving to meet the Vision & Change (AAAS, 2009) core competencies (modeling, interdisciplinarity, etc.) and aspiring to close gaps between marginalized and non-marginalized student success. We also realize that a wealth of knowledge to accomplish our goals may live in domains outside of biology, for example in libraries/information science or other STEM disciplines. Our efforts are NSF-funded (NSF #1919879) enabling us to exchange ideas and generate new approaches to ensure that open educational resources deliver on their promises for equity in undergraduate biology education.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. (NSF grant #1919879). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation."