HBCU Summit - Changing The View And Closing The Gaps
Concurrent Session 8
Problem: Historically, traditional textbooks have been written from the perspective of the dominant culture (white/male).
Soltuion: OER are revisable and adaptable, so teachers and faculty at HBCUs and Tribal Colleges can revise or add examples from the students' culture. Examples of leaders, historical perspectives, languages, images - can all be adapted to suit the needs of the course objectives and campus. There are many advantages to replacing traditional textbooks with OER and Open Textbooks (such as cost savings, and that they are available on the first day of class to all students), but one of the most important aspects for equity and inclusion is the ability to adapt and revise OER.