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Margaret Adeogun

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Margaret is the professor of library science, head of patron services and marketing, and the liaison librarian for the College of Education and International Services at the James White Library, Andrews University. After completing her B.A. in Education (English) at the University of Ife, Nigeria (1982), she proceeded to earn her M.L.S. in 1986 at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She earned her doctorate at the University of South Africa in 2005. Margaret worked as an elementary and a high school teacher before taking up librarianship. She worked at Babcock University, Nigeria for three years as the library director and as a lecturer in writing skills and communication. She moved to the University of Eastern Africa, Baraton, Kenya in 1990, and served as the library director for 23 years. Margaret Later worked at California State University Library for about 4 years before taking up employment at the James White Library. Her research interests focus on participatory library management, the adoption of Open Educational Resources in higher education pedagogy, and managing diversity and inclusivity in libraries.

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29-6-2021 12:00 PM

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29-6-2021 5:00 PM

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Higher Education (HE) is rethinking pedagogy: the way teaching is delivered using technology to reach beyond the walls of the classroom, removing barriers, and promoting equity. Many reasons account for this thinking—the high cost of textbooks, and the pedagogic shift due to the COVID-19 epidemic that is now fostering distance education, remote teaching and learning, and the prevalence of blended learning. Lack of affordable learning resources has resulted in considerable learning gaps that are preventing many from attaining their dreams, thus, resulting in considerable inequality and equity in access to HE. Our SDA constituents eager to attain HE in Church institutions are locked out due partly to expensive textbooks. Also, those who would like to benefit from distance education to study and attain their degrees from reputable HE institutions outside their home regions are unable to accomplish their goals owing to expensive and inaccessible learning resources. Open Educational Resources (OER) are acclaimed for their ability to reduce student costs and improve equity and access to HE. Today, they are central to HE in many parts of the world, including the USA and Australia. As HE education contends with providing a safe learning environment in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic, the adoption of OERs and other affordable textbook options as curriculum resources will foster distance learning and all other forms of blended learning. Such a pedagogical shift will alleviate students’ financial pressure, remove the economic gap, and open the world of education to all. This presentation makes the case for the role of the library in the adoption of OERs in SDA higher educational institutions. It also discusses Andrews University's approach to alleviating the prohibitive cost of textbooks.

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Open Education Resources: Removing Barriers and Promoting Equity Passport size Photo: Attached

Higher Education (HE) is rethinking pedagogy: the way teaching is delivered using technology to reach beyond the walls of the classroom, removing barriers, and promoting equity. Many reasons account for this thinking—the high cost of textbooks, and the pedagogic shift due to the COVID-19 epidemic that is now fostering distance education, remote teaching and learning, and the prevalence of blended learning. Lack of affordable learning resources has resulted in considerable learning gaps that are preventing many from attaining their dreams, thus, resulting in considerable inequality and equity in access to HE. Our SDA constituents eager to attain HE in Church institutions are locked out due partly to expensive textbooks. Also, those who would like to benefit from distance education to study and attain their degrees from reputable HE institutions outside their home regions are unable to accomplish their goals owing to expensive and inaccessible learning resources. Open Educational Resources (OER) are acclaimed for their ability to reduce student costs and improve equity and access to HE. Today, they are central to HE in many parts of the world, including the USA and Australia. As HE education contends with providing a safe learning environment in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic, the adoption of OERs and other affordable textbook options as curriculum resources will foster distance learning and all other forms of blended learning. Such a pedagogical shift will alleviate students’ financial pressure, remove the economic gap, and open the world of education to all. This presentation makes the case for the role of the library in the adoption of OERs in SDA higher educational institutions. It also discusses Andrews University's approach to alleviating the prohibitive cost of textbooks.