Scottsdale Community College’s Dr. Lisa Young was recently elected to the board of directors for Open Education Global as a representative for North America.
Open Education Global, according to a press release, is a member-based, global, non-profit supporting developing and using open education worldwide to help expand access to education for everyone, improve the quality of education, and to make education more affordable.
Dr. Young is the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at SCC and has served in higher education for 28 years with nearly a decade of experience in open educational resources, which are freely accessible, openly licensed text, media and digital assets for teaching, learning and research,.
Starting as faculty teaching water resources, her interests later expanded to online education and OER. She has delivered many presentations and workshops focusing on OER across the U.S. and abroad, the release said.
She was involved with the Community College Consortium for OER’s Regional Leaders of Open Education Initiative and the White House’s Open Government Partnerships discussions of 2014 for the U.S. Government. Plus, she has served as an OER mentor in the Open Education for a Better World project.
Her new role as OEG board member offers her an opportunity to learn from others to apply the new ideas to the work at SCC and within the Maricopa Community College District. By using OER, Dr. Young can customize material specifically for her students by geographic region.
With the open licensing that OER provides, she can share the information with others globally and they can adapt the materials for their needs while reducing costs and increasing access to the materials, the release added..