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Eliminating textbook costs through the use of Open Educational Resources may seem like a simple change, but it's one that can have a big impact. Research has shown that using OER in place of traditional textbooks helps to create more equitable and inclusive learning experiences for marginalized students. In this workshop, learn more about how OER is a DEI tool and how PSU faculty are using OER in their courses.

Biographical Information

Jenny Ceciliano is a Senior Instructor II of Spanish and the Coordinator of First-year Spanish at Portland State University. She has developed and implemented an OER program for Beginning Spanish at PSU, centering the student experience, and informed by principles of Adult Education as well as Second Language Acquisition.

Lisa Notman is an adjunct senior instructor of Spanish at Portland State University and an instructor of Spanish at Northwest Academy. As co-author of a forthcoming Spanish OER, she is interested in using OER's as a tool for advancing social justice pedagogy goals.

Karen Bjork is the Head of Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Publishing at Portland State University. She manages the Digital Initiatives Unit, which provides services that support the changing landscape of digital publishing, including the management of PDXScholar, a digital repository that provides online open access to scholarship and research produced by Portland State University faculty and students. She is also the project lead for the open access textbook publishing initiative, PDXOpen.

Jaime Wood is the Program Manager for Educational Initiatives in the Office of Academic Innovation at PS. She has an MA in English education from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, and an MFA in creative writing, poetry from Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Washington. Her career in education began as a language arts and math teacher in an Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound middle school where she used service learning, adventure trips, and community-based curriculum to engage sixth and seventh graders. Since 2003, she has worked in universities and community colleges both in the classroom and as a faculty developer and assessment coordinator. She is fascinated by the relationship between learners and teachers and how these roles overlap. When she’s not reading about pedagogy, Jaime enjoys writing poetry and songs, camping on the coast, and exploring the unadvertised beauties of Portland.

Scott Robison after completing his Ph.D. in Instructional Technology at Ohio University, Scott was Director of Distance Education and Online Resources at Ohio University, Director of Learning Technologies and Online Education at Plymouth State University, and most recently the Co-Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Plymouth State University. He is very interested in how technology can be used to expand access to education and enhance teaching and learning experiences. Scott is also very interested in Open Education practices and the transformative role they can play in education.


Open Educational Resources, Open access publishing, Scholarly publishing, Social justice


Mass Communication | Scholarly Communication | Scholarly Publishing

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