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OER and ZTC for Faculty: Equity and Inclusion
Faculty Guide on Open Educational Resources (OER) and Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) classes.
"What are the fundamental connections between your local equity, Open Educational Resources (OER), guided pathways, and Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) efforts? "
Assessing Your Textbook for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism (IDEA)
You've found a really great OER textbook but notice that like many other textbooks it may not be up to date or as inclusive as it should be. What do you do? Thankfully with OER you can revise the textbook!
Revising an OER Textbook
If you choose to revise (also called adapt or remix) an OER textbook, there are certain things to consider.
Make sure that the license allows revision. A CC license with an ND (No Derivatives) does not allow revision.
Determine if the format of the textbook is editable. For example, a PDF is hard and cumbersome to edit where as a work in LibreText would be more feasible.
How much revision is needed? You won't know this until you look more closely at the text. You may find that some simple updates are needed or that the text is missing content and requires a larger revision. Determine if you have the time and energy required.
Make a plan. Consider putting together a team so no one person is overly burdened.
Lastly, once you are done, make sure to share your efforts with the open community.
Conducting an Open Textbook Survey for Equity and Inclusion
One place you can start to assess a textbook is to answer some directed questions about the text. Having several people look at the text can help find more areas that may need improvement.
Mandeep Grewal developed an openly license survey that can be used as a jumping off point for assessing a text:
If you would like to know more about the textbook survey and editing process, you can watch the recording of the webinar where Butte's Mandeep Grewal talks about her process. There are also several other great presenters that speak on "Decolonizing Higher Ed Through Open Ed."
Image Resources for Inclusive Representation
Below are a collection of websites that provide diverse and inclusive stock photos to add to OER or to use in your courses. Please note the license to make sure you are following the terms of the license correctly.
This collection is a disability-led effort to provide free and inclusive stock photos shot from our own perspective, featuring disabled Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) across the Pacific Northwest. CC-BY 4.0
"The Gender Spectrum Collection is a stock photo library featuring images of trans and non-binary models that go beyond the clichés. This collection aims to help media better represent members of these communities as people not necessarily defined by their gender identities—people with careers, relationships, talents, passions, and home lives." CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0
"We are a coop of stock image photography. We recognize that most other FREE stock image sites have very few or no images of people of color. We sought out to create a space where publishers, bloggers, website owners, marketers, designers, graphic artists, advertisers and the like can easily search and find diverse multi-racial images." CC-BY 4.0
"A hand-drawn illustration library." Mix and match elements to create different "peeps." Please note that you might need a design program to create your own "peeps." There are pre-made "peeps" you can download without a program. CC0