Equity Unbound is an emergent, collaborative curriculum that aims to create equity-focused, open, connected, intercultural learning experiences across classes, countries and contexts. Equity Unbound was initiated by Maha Bali (American University in Cairo, Egypt), Catherine Cronin (National University of Ireland, Galway), and Mia Zamora (Kean University, NJ, USA) for use in their courses this term (September-December 2018), but it is open to all. Equity Unbound is for learners and/or educators interested in exploring digital literacies with an equity and intercultural learning focus, in an open and connected learning environment. Our motto is: “The only way to make borders meaningless is to keep insisting on crossing them” (Lina Mounzer, 2016).
Since the start of September 2018, participants have been collaborating in a series of open online activities including: collaborative annotation using open-source Hypothes.is, social network conversations and live studio visits, blogging, collaborative multimedia making, and creating their own new learning activities (inspired by DS106 assignment bank). Later in the term we also plan to hold a Wikipedia edit-a-thon. Activities seek to develop critical digital literacies and intercultural collaboration while encouraging questions of equity issues such as equity in web representation, digital colonialism, safety and security risks on the web, and how these differ across contexts. We look forward to a brief presentation featuring the #unboundeq website (https://unboundeq.creativitycourse.org/) while showcasing early highlights from our growing #unboundeq network. Participants may try our activities, give us feedback, or contribute a new activity to the site.
Mounzer, L. (2016). War in translation: Giving voice to the women of Syria. Literary Hub (October 6).
Mia Zamora @MiaZamoraPhD (Kean University, NJ, USA) is Associate Professor in the School of English Studies and director of the MA in Writing Studies program and Kean University Writing Project. Mia is a scholar of Electronic Literature and a digital humanist and educator who advocates for #ConnectedLearning and open networked education. Together with Alan Levine aka @cogdog), Mia created “Networked Narratives” #NetNarr, a journey into the worlds of digital art, video games, and electronic literature, seeking to understand the transformative magic that resides in collaborative making, composing, and writing on the open web. See miazamoraphd.com
Catherine Cronin @catherinecronin (National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education) is an open educator and open researcher whose work focuses on open educational practices, critical approaches to openness, digital identity, and equity-focused pedagogies. Catherine was a co-developer of the open, connected #icollab network and is a regular contributor to conversations and collaborative projects in the area of open education, within Ireland and globally. Currently at the National University of Ireland, Galway, Catherine is about to move into a new role as Strategic Education Developer in Ireland’s National Forum. Together with Laura Czerniewicz @czernie, Catherine will co-chair the international OER19 Conference in Galway in April 2019 (oer19.oerconf.org). See catherinecronin.net
Maha Bali @bali_maha (American University in Cairo, Egypt) is an open and connected educator and Associate Professor of Practice at the American University in Cairo’s Center for Learning & Teaching. Maha co-founded and co-directs Virtually Connecting, a global grassroots open connected movement centered around equity and inclusion and has co-facilitated several connectivist online learning experiences (#DigiWriMo, #ccourses, #moocmooc, #OpenLearning17, #OpenLearning18) in inclusive ways. Maha has also written and presented several critical and postcolonial critiques of open education and educational technology. See blog.mahabali.me