OER can be used to make education more equitable not just in terms of access and cost but in terms of representation. Below are more resources about OER and Equity.
Other resources linking equity and OER can be found below.
If you choose to revise (also called adapt or remix) an OER textbook, there are certain things to consider.
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:
Once you have determined the general areas that may need revision in a text, you should look at more specific areas that may need assessment and revision. For example how inclusive are your photos and illustrations? What terminology and references are you using? How can you improve on these and other elements to make your text more representative of your student population? The ASCCC OERI has developed a tool to help audit and improve an OER text, other resources, or even an online class. You can take a look at the the ASCCC OERI Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism (IDEA) Draft Framework Version 2 (December 2022). For more information or to provide feedback please see the ASCCC OERI Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism (IDEA) Framework page or contact Rachel Arteaga at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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."
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.