Open Education During the COVID-19 Era

This keynote address will address how open educational resources address the pressing needs of students and faculty as we navigate the many educational challenges that come with the COVID-19 pandemic. More specifically, this talk will address how OER improves the conditions of marginalized student and faculty populations, who have particularly deleterious experiences, through more inclusive and equitable practices. The keynote will also challenge the audience to think more critically about traditional academic practices, procedures, and infrastructure by encouraging the adoption of open education philosophies at the institutional level.
Jasmine Roberts
Strategic Communication Lecturer,
The Ohio State University

Jasmine Roberts is an educator, speaker, writer and strategic communication professional. She joined the School of Communication at The Ohio State University in 2012, where she teaches upper level undergraduate courses in the areas of communication campaigns and strategic communication writing. Her specific areas of expertise include public relations writing, digital activism, campaign strategy, global marketing, feminist media, and media effects. Roberts’ advocacy work centers on the experiences of people of color, women and queer communities. She delivered a TED talk titled “I’m tired of talking about race”, where she speaks about the emotional fatigue experienced by people of color when discussing race with their white counterparts, coupled with solutions to this growing concern. Along with her communication expertise, Roberts is also a renowned open education leader. She has delivered numerous keynote presentations across the country on the topics of inclusion in open education at Rice University, University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), University of Arkansas, Cleveland State University, San Diego State University, and more. She is the author of the highly-rated, openly-licensed book “Writing for Strategic Communication Industries”. She is a member of the Open Education Conference Steering Committee and the Midwestern Higher Education Compact. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication studies and Spanish at the University of Michigan and her master’s degree in communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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