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Breaking Open: Defining a Student-Centered Pedagogy

Authors: Smith-Cruz, Shawn(ta)
Bakaitis, Elvis
Keywords: Open Educational Resources, Open Pedagogy, ACRL Frameworks
Issue Date: Aug-2022
Publisher: ACRL
Citation: Smith-Cruz, S., & Bakaitis, E. (2022). Breaking Open: Defining a Student-Centered Pedagogy. In M. A. Cullen & E. Dill (Eds.), Intersections of open educational resources and information literacy (pp. 321–342). Association of College & Research Libraries.
Series/Report no.: Publications in Librarianship Series;79
Abstract: Librarians at the Graduate Center at CUNY (City University of New York) used state OER funding to create an Open Pedagogy Fellowship for graduate students who were teaching as adjuncts in undergraduate classes. Following a competitive application process, the fellows accepted into the program were introduced to open resources and strategies for innovative pedagogy at an intensive four-day OER boot camp and an end-of-year symposium. The fellows were challenged to implement “open” in their field of study, supported by librarians and educational technologists on the creation of course sites, and charged to migrate their syllabi to OER. Toronto-based scholar Clelia Rodríguez served as inspiration and symposium keynote speaker for the program, which was a response to decolonial and critical pedagogies, race/diversity in the New York City educational system, and inclusivity as it pertains to scholarship.
Description: Intersections of Open Educational Resources and Information Literacy—which went through an open peer review process—informs and inspires on OER, info lit, and their many iterative convergences. It is available as an open access edition at
ISBN: 978-0-8389-3673-3
Rights: Copyright by authors using a CC-BY-NC license.
Appears in Collections:Shawnta Smith-Cruz's Collection

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