OER, Equity, and Implicit Creative Redlining

The open education movement wants to be a force for equity. The argument is straightforward and powerful: Widen access to educational resources and those who disproportionately suffer at the hands of the exploitative business models of commercial publishers will disproportionately benefit, in both economic and educational terms. As someone who…

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#OER in Psychology

Looking for #OpenTextbooks or other #OER (Open Educational Resources) in Psychology? I created this brief video overview of the many, many options available in my discipline:

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#ScholarSunday

One of my resolutions for 2018 is to participate regularly in #ScholarSunday (a wonderful initiative conceived by @raulpacheco). Because representation matters, I am choosing to highlight the work of a woman or PoC each week for the next 50 Sundays. — Rajiv Jhangiani (@thatpsychprof) January 7, 2018 If you work…

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Connect, Collaborate, Innovate: My first month at BCcampus

As I write this I am in the air, on my way to the #OpenEd17 conference in Anaheim. But as I reflect on my life over the past month—the first of my year-long secondment to BCcampus—I realize that for once my life has been anything but up in the air,…

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Trying something new: Sketchnoting my research

Inspired by George Veletsianos’ Research Shorts and a recent Sketching in Practice (SKiP) workshop I took with Amy Burvall, I am trying a new way of sharing my research: sketchnoting. In this first attempt, my co-author (and wife) Surita Jhangiani and I recorded a voice over summarizing our recent survey…

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“If you could tell a new open textbook author one thing, what would it be?”

Earlier this year, Linda Frederiksen (Head of Access Services, Washington State University Vancouver) reached out to me (along with several others) and posed this question. She has since done a wonderful job of synthesizing these suggestions into a chapter titled “Ten Tips for Authoring Success,” itself part of a new…

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Just how inclusive are “inclusive access” e-textbook programs?

As is now well documented and understood, unrelenting increases in the prices of university textbooks (typically between 3 and 4 times the rate of inflation) have not been matched by increases in student spending. Whereas the U.S. College Board and the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada respectively advise students to…

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Openness, Gateways, and Agency

The shadow of an open wrought iron gate falls on the ground

Consider the following personas: First, picture a faculty member who has just learned about the existence of open educational resources. Imagine that this faculty member then also learns about how many students (including by extension their own) are unable to afford required course materials. Assuming they are able to locate a relevant,…

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Definitions vs. Foundational Values

At #OER17 (where the theme was the “Politics of Open”) there were several excellent, vigorous, and thoughtful discussions about borders, boundaries, and the future of the open movement. Between racist legislation that inhibits that free movement of people and xenophobic attempts to withdraw from the global community I can fully…

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Pragmatism vs. Idealism and the Identity Crisis of OER Advocacy

In a couple of weeks I will be in Cape Town, presenting at the 2017 OE Global Conference. This blog post is a preview of some of the ideas I will discuss during my talk (which shares the title of this blog post). A longer version of this post is currently under…

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