I attended my first CC Summit last week. I didn’t do much Tweeting but I have reflected on one of my favourite sessions that I attended and have included a great list of openly licenced websites that contain diverse and inclusive imagery.
Strategies for Assessing and Adapting OER for Inclusion by Suzanne Wakim, Rachel Arteaga and Mandeep Grewal
This session addressed the lack of representation in educational resources and discussed strategies that can be used to develop more inclusive resources that mirror our student populations and experiences. The speakers created a framework for reviewing Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, and Anti-Racism (IDEA) in Open Educational Resources, which stemmed from a survey they had conducted at their institution. Mandeep Grewal also developed an openly license survey that others can use as a jumping off point for assessing the representation and inclusivity of a text. The speakers emphasised that texts, including open texts are dominantly westernised, with westernised images and names. They emphasised making small changes such as:
- Selecting images of people with different skin tones and body shapes
- Using personal pronouns in case studies
- Not always sticking with westernised names as examples
Their framework for reviewing inclusion, diversity and anti-racism in OERs, included nine elements:
- Illustrations & photos
- Example names
- Researchers & studies in the field (look at the diversity of researchers and studies in your field)
- References & credits
- Examples & scenarios
- Balanced perspectives that are relevant to underrepresented groups
- Additional resources
More information can be found in their LibGuide. I particularly liked their additional resources, particularly their list of websites that contain diverse and inclusive imagery, which I have listed below.
Openly licenced website with diverse and inclusive imagery
- nappy – “Beautiful, high-res photos of black and brown people. For free.” Licence – CC0
- AllGo Plus Size– Free Plus-Size Stock Photos. Office, swim, and home collections.
- Disabled And Here– This collection is a disability-led effort to provide free and inclusive stock photos shot from our own perspective, featuring disabled Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) across the Pacific Northwest. Licence – CC-BY 4.0
- The Gender Spectrum Collection – “The Gender Spectrum Collection is a stock photo library featuring images of trans and non-binary models that go beyond the clichés. This collection aims to help media better represent members of these communities as people not necessarily defined by their gender identities—people with careers, relationships, talents, passions, and home lives.” Licence – CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0.
- PICNOI– “We are a coop of stock image photography. We recognize that most other FREE stock image sites have very few or no images of people of color. We sought out to create a space where publishers, bloggers, website owners, marketers, designers, graphic artists, advertisers and the like can easily search and find diverse multi-racial images.” Licence – CC-BY 4.0
- The Redefining Women Icon Collection– “Collection of 60+ icons representing women in design, technology and leadership positions, available for free as Public Domain.”
- Images of Empowerment– A free library of images celebrating women’s lives and their work in 11 countries around the world. Licence – CC-BY-NC 4.0.
- #WOCinTechChat– Photos of women of color working in technology. Licence – CC-BY.
- Open Peeps– “A hand-drawn illustration library.” Mix and match elements to create different “peeps.” Please note that you might need a design program to create your own “peeps.” There are pre-made “peeps” you can download without a program. Licence – CC0.
Feature image by Sonaksha Iyengar licenced under CC-BY.