Sustainability Challenges for Open Resources to promote an Equitable Undergraduate Biology Education (SCORE-UBE)
About the Group
The mission of the SCORE-UBE Network is to help our Network participants achieve their sustainability and broader impact goals by working together to amplify the value and reach of open education in STEM and to align our resources and practices with the principles of anti-racism, equity, social justice, and inclusion. In particular, we see open education as an approach and mindset to transform teaching and learning to center the needs of underrepresented and marginalized learners and instructors who have been systematically excluded from the benefits of traditional educational systems.
This is an open network in that anyone is welcome to join who also embraces the SCORE mission. We are broad in our definition of biology education as it draws from many other fields, we embrace generalist OER organizations and interested instituitions, and we acknowledge that open education involves more than just texts, but communities, software, and philosophies. Just click the "Join Group" on the left to participate in the forum discussions, receive announcements and hear about upcoming opportunities.
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."