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Advocate by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images
Keene State College
• GLSEN, Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network, NH chapter co-chair
• Monadnock AIDS board, member
• Monadnock Live Free and Equal Coalition, Exec board
• Cincinnati Coalition for Choice, founding member
• Womens’ and LGBT rights CR and organizing groups, (OH, MA, NH)
• Active Lesbians of the Monadnock Area, founding member
• Take back the night marches (Ohio, NH, MA, Washington DC)
• Pride rallies and marches, (OH, NH, MA, Washington DC)
• Women’s rights rallies and marches, (OH, NH, DC)
• KSC Diversity and Multicultural Commission, co-chair
• KSC Women’s Studies Program WGS department, coordinator, member
• KSC President’s Commission of the Status of women, co-chair
• Keene State College Safe Zone founding member
My Street Cred as Activist and Advocate
Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani education activist and
youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize recipient
(CC BY 2.0)
• What are we advocating for?
• On whose behalf are we advocating?
• Why do we need to advocate?
• To whom do we advocate to?
• What needs to change?
• Who/What needs more support?
• What does support look like?
Speak up for Education Rally (CC BY-SA 2.0)
Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
820 First Street NE, Suite 510 Washington, DC 20002
Funding Down, Tuition Up
Between 2008 and 2016, New Hampshire cut funding for public higher education
by $1,387 per student (-30%). Tuition rose by $4,075 per student (37%)
From: Hungry and Homeless in College: Results from a National Study of Basic Needs Insecurity in
Higher Education, 2017, by Sara Goldrick-Rab, Jed Richardson and Anthony Hernandez, the
Wisconsin HOPE lab
Survey of 33,000 students at 74 community colleges in 24 states
• 67% are Food Insecure
• 50% are Housing Insecure
• 13-14% are Homeless
• Prevalent in all regions of the country
The Message of Open is
About Students and
Learning, not Tools or
Doug Ericson, KSC Invertebrate Zoology student
How do we keep the best interests of students in mind…
• when strategizing about college/university structures and positions?
• when considering which technologies to purchase or use?
• when working to keep our institutions afloat?
• when doing faculty development work?
• when designing curriculum and courses?
• when developing “student success” initiatives?
• when considering open education?
Student founders of the KSC Hungry Owl Food pantry
with Sara Goldrick-Rab, author of Paying the Price
1. Look for free stuff
for students 2. Go to a conference in Canada to
meet inspiring leader in your own system
3. Invite Open Ed leader
to your campus
4. Read, watch, learn, stay
informed, follow others- this
Know your terminology, but don’t expect simple definitions
• Open Educational Resources (OER)
• Open License, the 5 R’s
• Open Access
• Open Pedagogy
• Open Source
• Open Data
• Open Science
Open Pedagogy Illustrated by Karen Cangialosi [CC BY 4.0]
Open is a
Be an advocate where you already are …
Find ways to connect the ideals of Open to your existing work on committees
• Campus Sustainability Council
• Diversity and Inclusivity Initiatives
• Student Support
• Budget taskforce
• P & T committee
• Faculty Development
• General Education, Integrated Studies Program
• Connect to the mission and values
Speak up. Be creative. Be strategic.
[A select Committee of the House of Commons in session at
Portcullis House CC BY 3.0]
Develop and Sponsor Events
• Bring Speakers
• Plan OER work sessions
• Connect with National Events (e.g.,
Open Access Week, Year of Open)
• Run Open Ped Tools Workshops
• Develop and Run Learning Communities
Martha Burtis at Keene State College
Ensure that Student Voices are Heard
• Hold Student Panels
• Create Videos
• Invite students to events
• Allow for student input into decision making
processes (curriculum, event planning, other)
• Amplify student voices on social media
• Put students on your campus committees
Andrew Rikard and Erika Bullock at KSC
Create new groups, lead initiatives
Examples at KSC:
• Biology Dept Zero Textbook Costs
• Open Ed Speaker Series
• Open Education Work Group
• Open Pedagogy Learning Community
• KSC Open - Domain of One’s Own
Explore External Funding and Partnership Opportunities
• Don’t like reading on a screen
• Too much trouble to change the textbook
• Too much work to find the right OER sources
• Printed textbooks worked just fine for me
• My computer might crash
• The dog ate my homework!
Address Complaints and Privilege
Stuff that’s wrong!
(Who cares what you had
Students will go online ANYWAY; they will have a digital
presence WITH or WITHOUT your guidance.
Is it responsible to “just say no” to:
• Smartphone use?
• Using social media?
• Reading, posting and interacting on the web?
If faculty and staff in higher education don’t guide students to think about
digital citizenship and their digital footprint – who will?
Use Social Media for Communicating and Providing Resources
• Twitter (#KSCollab, #USNHshare)
• Wikis (KSC campus conversations)
Model Digital Citizenship and Identity for your Students
Confront Openwashing and Openwrapping
(CC BY 2.0)
Openwashing: having an appearance of open-source and
open-licensing for marketing purposes, while continuing
proprietary practices. Audrey Watters
Openwashing: to spin a product or company as open, although
it is not. Derived from 'greenwashing.' Michelle Thorn
Openwrapping: Charging for the services and support provided
(wrapped) around the OER content. These “value-added”
services may come in the form of learning platforms, content
management systems, ancillary teaching materials,
adaptive/personalized learning tools, data analytics, customer
support, etc. Scott Robison
• Question the products that your bookstore is selling
• Question the products that publishers or other companies are selling
• Question the function and value of for-profit Ed Tech
Critically Evaluate Educational Resources
Provide Structures for Authentic Collaboration
o Across campus constituency groups
admins, faculty, staff, students
o Across the USNH System
invite, make efforts to contact and
include people from the other USNH
o Nationally, Globally
advertise, livestream your events, ask
Open Education advocates from KSC, GSC, and
PSU at dinner.
Leverage the Internationally Recognized Open
Education Leaders/Experts in Your
Leaders are fearless advocates for
students. They speak out against the
forces urging us to commodify our
students. They push back against those
who protect the status quo out of fear.
They speak up for students, and for the
commons we need to build, they speak
up for radical change. They keep
speaking, writing and advocating, even
as they are ridiculed and devalued and
their work is dismantled.
Sign in the BWI airport
We could have been
here 5 years ago
• Don’t provide or expect simple definitions for Open.
• Complexity = Value
• Adopt a position of curiosity, not a desire for short cuts.
• Listen to experts, scholars who have been studying and involved in
national and international conversations.
• Be aware of and able to respond to valid criticisms and concerns
• Be fearless, seek out the exciting opportunities that come with doing things
in a brand new way. .
Don’t oversimplify the power and potential of Open
“Open is a process, not a panacea” - Robin DeRosa