March 11, 2020
Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY) Open Knowledge Librarian Jean Amaral has won the Elton B. Stephens Company (EBSCO) Community College Learning Resources Leadership Award, and a $750 grant.
Sponsored by the Association of College & Research Libraries(ACRL) and EBSCO Information Services, the award recognizes Amaral’s leadership in developing BMCC’s Open Educational Resources (OER)/Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) and Open Pedagogy Programs — which have saved an estimated 50,000 students over $6 million in four years.
“Since proposing the OER/ZTC Initiative in Fall 2014, I have had the honor and privilege to guide over 240 faculty in redesigning courses with OER and other no-cost materials,” Amaral says. “The training workshops cover learner-centered practices and culturally sustaining pedagogies, open licensing, copyright, fair use and educational technology, among other topics. The participating faculty have made this program a success, and I am proud and grateful that their efforts have saved our students an estimated $6 million dollars.”
OER and open pedagogy transform teaching and learning
More than 70 of the faculty who have participated in the OER/ZTC initiative at BMCC have also completed the open-pedagogy seminar Armaral co-designed with colleagues in the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship(CETLS) and E-Learning.
Armaral says both OER and open pedagogy have the potential to transform teaching and learning with their focus on access, equity, student agency, and faculty and students co-creating learning experiences.
Amaral’s other efforts in support of open knowledge and open pedagogy at BMCC include hosting Wikipedia edit-a-thons on campus in collaboration with other CUNY librarians and working closely with faculty interested in Wikipedia editing assignments.
She has also sought and received funds to create a podcast/audio recording booth for students, staff and faculty in the BMCC Library and worked with students to build a zine collection. Faculty are now creating podcast and zine assignments, providing opportunities for students to share their knowledge and creativity with the campus community and beyond.
- BMCC Open Knowledge Librarian Jean Amaral wins Elton B. Stephens Company (EBSCO) Community College Learning Resources Leadership Award, and a $750 grant
- Award recognizes Amaral’s leadership in developing BMCC’s Open Educational Resources (OER)/Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) and Open Pedagogy Programs
- OER and ZTC have saved an estimated 50,000 BMCC students over $6 million in four years