In partnership with the Institute for a Racially Just, Inclusive, and Open STEM Education (RIOS Institute), the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) Open Educational Resources Initiative (OERI) has recruited faculty, from the California Community Colleges and beyond, to participate in a short-term project to improve to the ASCCC OERI’s IDEA Framework. The Workgroup will conduct its work during the summer of 2022. Participants will receive an honorarium of $1,000 upon project completion.
The IDEA Framework
The IDEA Framework was developed to assist faculty as they implement a culturally responsive pedagogy by developing a process and review framework that may be used to evaluate open educational resources to ensure that they are inclusive, diverse, equitable, and anti-racist (IDEA).
The ASCCC OERI is currently collecting feedback on the framework through a variety of mechanisms, including collecting feedback from all interested parties on our site. In addition to the informal review being sought from individuals, the framework needs a comprehensive review by knowledgeable individuals who could both review the framework and provide specific suggestions for improvement and develop a proposal for gathering additional feedback.
The framework can be accessed at tinyurl.com/OERI-IDEA.
The IDEA Framework Workgroup
The IDEA Framework Workgroup is short-term project developed in partnership with, and partially funded by, the Institute for a Racially Just, Inclusive, and Open STEM Education (RIOS Institute).
The charge of the IDEA Framework Workgroup includes:
- Review the IDEA Framework with the goal of both improving the focus on equity and antiracism,
- Identify any STEM discipline-specific concerns, and
- Develop a plan for soliciting further input to be implemented during the Fall 2022 term.
The IDEA Framework Workgroup will consist of 6-8 members, with approximately half recruited from the California Community Colleges and half recruited from the broader RIOS network. Workgroup members will meet during the summer of 2022.
Faculty (full-time or part-time) at a college or university in STEM (science, technology, engineering, or math). Faculty who teach a STEM-oriented course or courses within a non-STEM discipline will also be considered (e.g., physical anthropology).
- Knowledge and /or experience applying IDEA concepts within STEM curricula
- Expertise or training in IDEA principles (inclusion, diversity, equity, and anti-racism)
- Scholarly expertise in anti-racism
- Lived experience in marginalized communities
- OER author or adopter
Additional Background on OERI and the IDEA Framework
The mission of the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) Open Educational Resources Initiative (OERI) is to reduce the cost of educational resources for students by expanding the availability and adoption of high-quality Open Educational Resources (OER). In fulfilling its mission, OERI aims to support faculty as they implement a culturally responsive pedagogy by developing a process and review framework to evaluate existing OER to ensure that OERI-supported and other open educational resources are inclusive, diverse, equitable, and anti-racist (IDEA).
The goal of the framework is to facilitate an in-depth and comprehensive analysis of course resources to ensure resources are inclusive, diverse, equitable, and anti-racist (IDEA). Towards this goal, elements that are more “superficial” or obvious in nature and can be easily addressed have been included. The ASCCC OERI hopes that this framework will encourage faculty to not only address issues of inequity in academia, but also promote a transformative reconsideration and re-visioning of how we know what we know and how education has been shaped by those who have been historically recognized as the experts. The OERI draft IDEA Framework is being used to inform new OER projects and will soon be used to review existing OER. Although the initial focus is on OER, it is anticipated that the framework will be used to review resources and inform curriculum at the California Community Colleges more broadly.
This page last updated June 1, 2022.