Sustainability Challenges for Open Resources to promote an Equitable Undergraduate Biology Education (SCORE-UBE)
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Education Program recently awarded Carrie Diaz Eaton, PhD and Bates College a one year grant to support and build upon the important work of the SCORE Network. This grant will help us work to develop solutions to issues of financial/economic, technical, and social/cultural sustainability facing Open Educational Resources through several mechanisms, described below.
The SCORE Collaborative Pilot Program (or mini-grants program) seeks to support nascent collaborations and pilot projects which have arisen from within the SCORE Network, with a particular focus on collaborations between disciplinary-based projects and the broader OER, state, and library communities, We seek to support projects whose outcomes will benefit the wider SCORE Network and foster the development of sustainable solutions to issue pertinent to the Network, including, but not limited to: 1) balancing a commitment to freely-available educational resources and professional development with the demands to stay relevant, 2) closing the OER lifecycle, 3) bridging disciplinary conversations with institutional conversations, and 4) ensuring financial sustainability. As part of this program Bates College will provide targeted funding in the form of mini-grants (up to $20,000 per grant) to enable organizations to proceed with establishing collaborations and piloting solutions to the issues identified above.
This will be a very quick catalyst program. Project work is to take place between June 1 - December 31, 2020.
We have formed learning communities to support the SCORE community in their thinking at the intersection of social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion and open education. We invite you to follow all asynchronously. All weekly readings and videos are posted in the Collections and discussions and reflections are posted in the forums (open to SCORE group members only).
STEMed PROJECT LEADERS INCLUSIVITY NETWORK (SPLINE)
SPLINE is a program for STEMed project leaders to work together to identify strategies to systematically integrate Inclusivity and Universal Design for Learning into what we do and to reach more students and faculty. By working together across projects, with guidance from expert mentors, we can all make faster progress. Contact Jeremy Wodjak (email@example.com) for more information.