OER FTW

This post is responding to the “Find Your Fit” activity found in the Curator module of Ontario Extend.

 

Last week was Open Education Week, and we went gangbusters with our outreach efforts, both on campus and in the community. It was exciting, and exhausting. I could write thousands of joyful words about faculty interest in and adoption of OER. I feel like last year we started a conversation about Open Education. This year it’s starting to happen. It’s fabulous.

But anyway, this particular activity asks me to find an OER, indicating where I found it and how I can use it. In my other life (the nocturnal one), I’m a student in a Doctorate of Distance Education program. I’m in the process of completing a collaborative assignment that asked us to work in groups to identify a social justice issue, brainstorm an appropriate educational intervention, and suggest a leadership model / theory that best supports the implementation of said program. It was a doozy of an assignment.

We just presented our case last night, making an argument for the need to transition reconciliation efforts from token gesture, to truth and trauma-informed indigenization efforts. We suggested that transformational leadership and learning approaches are required to truly shift the school culture. I won’t bore you with the details here, but if this is an issue you’re passionate about, I’d love for you to check out our case study and recommendations. Please let me know what you think!

A major takeaway from researching this assignment is the abundance of high quality, targetted OER that’s been developed to support the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report and Calls to Action. There is not a shortage of information, that’s for sure.

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Pulling Together: Foundations Guide by Kory Wilson is licensed under CC BY-NC 4.0 

Take for example the Pulling Together guides. Available on eCampus Ontario’s Open Library, the guides are specifically designed for a variety of target audiences: Curriculum Developers, Front-Line Staff, Student Services, and Advisors, Teaching and Instructors, Leaders and Administrators. The authors also developed a Foundations Guide. Taken together, they are: 

intended to support the systemic change occuring acorss post-secondary institutions through Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation

(Wilson, 2018).

Like most post-secondary institutions, Cambrian is actively working on the TRC’s Calls to Action. I would love to see us utilizing these and other OER to help us gather as a learning community to find and forge pathways towards Indigenization.

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