Critical Spaces for Critical Times: Global Conversations in Literacy Research as an Open Professional Development and Practices Resource

  • Peggy Albers Georgia State University
  • A Ram Cho Georgia State University
  • Ji Hye Shin Georgia State University
  • Myoung Eun Pang Georgia State University
  • Tuba Angay-Crowder Georgia State University
  • Dennis Murphy Odo
  • Jin Kyeong Jung University of Pennsylvania
  • Christi L Pace Georgia State University
  • Mandi Sena Georgia State University
  • Sarah Turnbull Georgia State University
Keywords: Education, Literacy, Professional Development, Web Seminars

Abstract

This paper reflects an OER (Open Educational Resources) critical literacy project, Global Conversations in Literacy Research (GCLR), (www.globalconversationsinliteracy.wordpress.com), now in its fourth year. GCLR annually hosts seven web seminars presented by internationally recognized literacy and education scholars. We outline key dimensions of GCLR not only as an OER but as an open educational practice (OEP) (Andrade et al., 2011) that through its design, not only provides open access to scholarship, but also understands the critical nexus among resources, practices and theory. Informed by data from a longitudinal study, this paper situates these dimensions within professional development literature, and outlines GCLR as a critical space designed for critical times, and the importance of intentionality when accessing OER. Like scholars before us, we argue that that availability is not the only consideration when using OER (Andrade et al., 2011); OER must be considered in relation to pedagogical considerations and how OER are used as a critical component to online professional development.

Author Biographies

Peggy Albers, Georgia State University
Peggy Albers is a professor of Language and LIteracy Education at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA.
A Ram Cho, Georgia State University
A Ram Cho is a doctoral student in the Language and Literacy Unit at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Ji Hye Shin, Georgia State University
Ji Hye Shin is a doctoral student in the Language and Literacy Unit at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Myoung Eun Pang, Georgia State University
Myoung Eun Pang is a doctoral student in the Language and Literacy Unit at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Tuba Angay-Crowder, Georgia State University
Tuba Angay-Crowder is a doctoral student at Georgia State University
Dennis Murphy Odo
Dennis Murphy Odo is an assistant professor of Language and Literacy at Pusan National University, Republic of Korea
Jin Kyeong Jung, University of Pennsylvania
Jin Kyeong Jung is a doctoral student in the Reading/Writing/Literacy Division, University of Pennsylvania
Christi L Pace, Georgia State University
Christi L. Pace is a doctoral candidate in the Language and Literacy Unit at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Mandi Sena, Georgia State University
Mandi Sena is a doctoral student in the Language and Literacy Unit at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Sarah Turnbull, Georgia State University
Sarah Turnbull is a doctoral student in the Language and Literacy Unit at Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Published
2015-08-26