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Presentation related to the paper: Sustainability and Justice: Challenges and Opportunities for an Open STEM Education

Author(s): Carrie Diaz Eaton

Bates College and RIOS Institute

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This is a presentation highlighting some issues at the intersection of STEM, Open, and Social Justice. The audience is STEM education professionals and professional developers. The presentation was originally given at SERC in February 2023.

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Version 1.0 - published on 08 Feb 2023 doi:10.25334/FGG4-B515 - cite this


Including a presentation related to a CBE-LSE paper. This resource was authored by Carrie Diaz Eaton, but it is based on multi-author work published in CBE-LSE under the following abstract:

"Open educational resources, or OER, are teaching materials that reside in the public domain and are available under an open license. While the creation of high-quality materials and cyberinfrastructure to share these resources is important, OER are much more than static resource repositories. Vibrant OER communities function as collaboration hubs and often include librarians, instructional technologists, instructors, education researchers, funders, open-source software developers, and college administrators. Together, these individuals work as a community to respond to changes in the education landscape, support student learning impacts both in terms of cost savings and student retention, and solve issues related to broadly sharing open resources on the web. This essay provides general information about OER, describes communities developing OER for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education, and presents insights about sustainability challenges. The sustainability challenges are organized according to multiple dimensions: cultural and social, economic and financial, and technological and environmental. In addition, OER provide important opportunities to address and promote social justice and open and accessible education philosophies. Knowing more about the OER landscape, sustainability challenges, and educational justice opportunities can help instructors use and contribute to this growing movement to reshape the landscape of undergraduate education."

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