Strategies for diversifying course materials at UW-Madison
Tap into ongoing conversations happening in your field. Many disciplinary organizations and journals are opening up opportunities for conversation and collaboration that may help guide your reflection and next steps. (As just one example, here’s a teaching resource responding to a call to action in Psychology.)
Invite your students’ input! You can incorporate qualitative questions about course readings into student surveys or build reflection opportunities into course discussions.
Help students engage with materials that are authentic to your field.
Identify resources that can help students review prerequisite content. If your course relies on prerequisite knowledge and skills, there may be open educational resources that are freely available to embed in Canvas or other online materials available through the UW libraries that can help students catch up on things they may have forgotten. Providing these resources can help communicate a supportive learning environment.
Learn more about copyright, open licenses, and fair use with the support of the Libraries.
When you work with Open Educational Resources (OER), you have more options for customizing or adapting course materials to address the needs of your specific course and your specific student audiences. You can add or edit content, incorporate interactive elements, or customize case studies to your context and learning outcomes.
Collaborate with partners! You may find it helpful to explore grants that can support you in this effort and communities of other educators interested in developing OER together.
Invite students in (with structure and support)! This could be something as simple as inviting students to share their work as exemplars for future courses. It could be something as in-depth as embracing open pedagogy practices such as composing a course text with your students.