The Warp and the Weft of Open Education and Social Justice
Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams. (2019, 27 November 27). Paper presented at Open Education Global, Milan, Italy. Available under a CC-BY license
“By implication open education subscribes to notions of social justice, but implementation strategies and research often focus on economic injustice to the exclusion of cultural and political inequities. Moreover, despite altruistic motivations, open education activity may unintentionally reproduce many of the existing inequities that it seeks to change. Drawing upon the projects in which I am involved I will highlight the intertwinement of open education and social justice in projects in the global south, by illustrating ways of strengthening equitable access, cultural equality and political legitimacy.” Abstract from https://oeglobal2019.sched.com/event/Uh21/keynote-the-warp-and-weft-of-open-education-and-social-justice
Video Recording of Presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWBYnwA10P8&feature=youtu.be
1. What guides your development/use of OER or open education? Social justice? economic equity? Cultural diversity? Political inclusion?
2. How have you considered your own positionality when developing or using educational materials? Positionality is a declaration of your own background for the purposes of clarifying potential biases; for example, your ethnicity, socio-economic background, gender etc.
2. What are some other considerations you would include to promote social justice using OER and open education?
3. Are you aware of any initiatives in Canada to re-evaluate devalued knowledge? Can you think of any examples of a culturally inclusive open education project?
4. Since many OER resources and a lot of open research are in English, does this further promote cultural hegemony in countries whose first language is not English?
6. In terms of cultural and political hegemony, how can open education empower those who are seen as subordinate to the dominant power? Do you have any examples with respect to curricula, assessment and accreditation?
Thank you Dr. Robert Lawson for hosting #aboerjc discussion of Hodgkinson-William OE Global presentation on Open Education and Social Justice – Tuesday Jan 7 2020 @ 7pm MST
Rosemarri Klamn, MAPC, CPHR@KlamnJam · Jan 8#aboerjc Absolutely, connectivity & access to digital tech is an issue in parts of Canada @DocBlom @rlawson545 @CherylHW https://twitter.com/DocBlom/status/1214745011780124672
Erik Christiansen@eriksation·Jan 7Hi there #aboerjc folks! Apologies for doing this in an asynchronous fashion. I had an engagement this evening, so I’m responding to some questions now 🙂 @rlawson545@KlamnJam@DocBlom
Erik Christiansen@eriksation·Replying to @rlawson545It certainly might. TU Delft’s #OCW is mostly English resources – despite being a Dutch institution. I’m curious what the solution is. Those dev #OER in NA likely don’t have much funding for translation. I think there needs to be a federal SSHRC equiv. for #OCW#aboerjc
Erik Christiansen@eriksation·Replying to @rlawson545I think this is a really interesting point. Multiple languages and cultural considerations are two things my colleague and I are looking at in our research. They’re probably the two most work intensive aspects and require the most funding #translation#wordchoice#aboerjc
Erik Christiansen@eriksation·Replying to @eriksation and @rlawson545I also remember the insane cost of textbooks during university so promoting the development of more affordable #OER resources that were still high-quality and adhered to conventional #accesibility standards appealed to me #aboerjc
Dr. Constance Blomgren@DocBlom·Participatory parity also includes consideration of issues such as connectivity, & access to digital tech. Without this economic access the cultural & political participation is substantially reduced. #aboerjc
Rosemarri Klamn, MAPC, CPHR@KlamnJam · Jan 7#aboerjc I like @CherylHW use of Fraser’s (2005) concept of social justice as ‘participatory parity’ economically, culturally and politically. That is their experience in Global South with many diverse ethnicities, languages, culture https://twitter.com/KlamnJam/statu
Isolated communities frequently have connectivity issues and may be under resourced. Yet as @johannafunk1 & Mason discuss land based connections are frequently stronger…#OER has the potential to be rised or remixed for such considerations. #aboerjc
Dr. Constance Blomgren@DocBlom·#aboerjc#OER and all creation of curriculum needs more awareness of the postionality. But as well with the 5Rs especially Revise & Remix changes can be made that reflects a more refined understanding of positionality. @rlawson545
Erik Christiansen@eriksation·Hi there #aboerjc folks! Apologies for doing this in an asynchronous fashion. I had an engagement this evening, so I’m responding to some questions now 🙂 @rlawson545@KlamnJam@DocBlom