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Open for Antiracism: Leveraging Open Education to Support Antiracism in the Classroom

March 8, 2024 @ 10:30 pm - 11:15 pm BST

In this 45-minute panel discussion, we address the question: “How can the open education field engage effectively with antiracist pedagogy?” Co-lead by co-led by CCCOER and College of the Canyons, Open for Antiracism Program (OFAR) provides an answer.

OFAR supports US community college faculty to transform their classrooms to be antiracist through the affordances of OER and open pedagogy. Now in its fourth year, OFAR has supported 150 instructors from 40 institutions to learn to adapt and author OER, integrating antiracist activities and perspectives and co-creating materials with their students.

Two propositions inform the design of OFAR:

  • Academics wish to change their classroom practices to be antiracist and need guidance on promising practices and a safe place to explore with peers;
  • OER and open pedagogy can be effective tools to transform classrooms to be antiracist.

Program participants learn about antiracist pedagogy, OER, and open pedagogy. Participants then implement a change to their teaching by integrating OER or open pedagogy to make their class antiracist. Participants receive on-going support through webinars, coaching, and OER support.

In this session, attendees will learn about program design, successes, and challenges, including results from three years of research on faculty perceptions and student outcomes.

The audience will be invited to share how they can apply this work in their own context to improve student success for marginalized and underserved students.


  • James Glapa-Grossklag, Co-Director, Open for Antiracism, Dean, Educational Technology, Learning Resources and Distance Learning, College of the Canyons
  • Laura Dunn, Co-Director, Open for Antiracism, Director of Assessment and Writing Programs, Santa Clara University
  • Gayathri Manikandan, Professor Mathematics, Math Instructional Specialist, Student Success Center, PD Liaison, STEM Guided Pathway, Compton College


March 8, 2024
10:30 pm - 11:15 pm
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