March 7, 2016
by Leanne Riseley
This is a special guest blog post by Jonathan Wong, Counselor at Leeward CC.
What was your motivation for taking the Go Open, Go Free workshop?
I decided to participate in the OER training workshops because I believe textbook publishers are not educators but rather entrepreneurs.
Publishers are driven by stock market prices and profit sharing, resulting in education being less not more accessible to marginalized students.
Through the workshops I have learned that college instructors are often co-conspirators often without even realizing it.
It’s similar to buying a stylish shirt made in Pakistan by children working for pennies in sweatshops. We are happy getting it for less not realizing how much children are enslaved to a corrupt and unjust economy.
I hope that LeeCC will embrace a First Year Experience course for many of our high risk first semester students using OER.
March 6, 2016
by Leanne Riseley
This is a special guest blog post by Timothy Cubero, Jr who teaches English at Leeward CC.
Why is Open Educational Resources (OER) important to the future of education?
Open Educational Resources is important to the future of education. As a developing movement in the archiving and free sharing of digitized materials for teaching, learning and researching, this continues to be an endless reservoir of intellectualism where ideas can be safely stored by participants who believe in and do not feel threatened by the endless opportunity for others in the learning community to implement and adapt recognized thought beyond the limits and competitiveness of commercial publishing, where monetary value is often placed on ideas and their authenticator. Through the OER paradigm, peer learning and collaborative scholarship allow for the highest level in the collegiality of academic freedom, which to me is the true purpose of any college.