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Open Pedagogy, Social Justice, and the Practical Path to Commons-Oriented Learning

Open Pedagogy, Social Justice, and the Practical Path to Commons-Oriented Learning

Keynote for the Vermont Consortium of Academic Libraries OER Summit

Robin DeRosa

April 25, 2019

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  3. • A generation ago, public colleges/unis got an average of

    75% of budget from state. Today, it's about 50%. • 23% of low-income sophomores worked a job between the hours of 10pm-8am. • Survey at 10 community colleges (4312 students responding): 1 in 5 students was hungry, 13% were homeless. • 50-80% of sticker price comes from non-tuition costs. • More than 3 in 4 students attend colleges within 50 miles of their homes. Esp. true for low-income and minority students. • The average net price for a year at community college equals 40% of a low-income family's annual income. • A year at public university ranges from 16-25% of a middle-class family's annual income. • 60% of Americans ages 25-64 don't have a college credential, but 22% of them earned credits trying to get one.
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  5. The College Earnings Premium (lifetime 114% higher) real and reductive

  6. The College Earnings Premium is Only One Part of the

    Story Private Benefits: • ⬆ employment fringe benefits • ⬇ unemployment • ⬆ health • ⬇ disability • ⬇ imprisonment • ⬆ life satisfaction • Better marriage • 25% ⬇ mortality rate • Life expectancy ⬆ from 74 to 81 partially passed to children! External Benefits • Productivity spillover in regional income • Greater CEP means greater tax revenues • Reduction of need for public assistance • Lowered crime and reduction in dollar value of harm to crime victims Philip Trostel
  7. Each potential college degree is conservatively worth $481K (benefits minus

    costs) Net government spending on higher education: negative The rate of return on taxpayer investment in college students: 10.3% The rate of return to state and local governments: 3.1% Philip Trostel
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  9. be sustainably funded with public dollars be supported by public

    infrastructures be committed to broad access transcend academic and institutional borders expect collaboration rather than competition between public institutions develop learners as citizen contributors to the knowledge commons develop faculty as agents of the public good in teaching, scholarship, and service expect administrators to speak the language of public and support public approaches to our work
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  13. Students worry more about paying for books than they worry

    about paying for college. (NEEBO)
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  16. “Inclusive access” on student agency

  17. “Inclusive access” on faculty agency

  18. “Inclusive access” on accessibility

  19. “Inclusive access” is like leasing fire extinguishers from a serial

    arsonist ~ Rajiv Jhangiani
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  22. Access to Knowledge

  23. Access, broadly writ

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  26. Access to Knowledge Creation

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  29. Cost of Books OER Access to Knowledge Access to Knowledge

    Creation Open Pedagogy

  31. Student-Centered → Learner-Driven Learners as Contributors Learners as Transformers Learners

    as Agents of Their Learning CC0 Alan Levine
  32. Content ↓ Community Digital Learning ↓ Online Learning ↓ Connected

    Learning ↓ Connectivist Learning
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  36. Why have students answer questions when they can write them?

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  38. NH Science for Citizens

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  40. OpenPedagogy.org

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  42. Domain of One’s Own • drag ’n drop → design

    • consumer → creator • data mining → data control • audience of 1 → public impact • course’s work→ student’s work • broadcast web→ synergic web • ePortfolio → ePort
  43. Non-traditional pedagogical approaches to learning spark a fire in students

    who are sick of typical classroom structure. You probably know what kind of structure I’m talking about – memorizing vocab words to do well on weekly quizzes, submitting assignments to Moodle that disappear when you graduate, meaningless engagement with the work we produce. It really makes university kind of drag. We want to be doing work that’s relevant to us. Becca Roberts
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  49. “5 Rs for Open Pedagogy” by Rajiv Jhangiani: https://thatpsychprof.com/5rs-for-open-pedagogy/

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  51. question/ open Robin DeRosa @actualham