Rachel Becker is the Copyright and Open Educational Resources Librarian at Madison Area Technical College where she provides research, technology, and general assistance to the college’s students through innovative library services. Additionally, she supports faculty OER development by leading the library’s Open Educational Resources team, co-chairing the collegewide Textbook Affordability Committee, and providing copyright guidance for faculty and students. Rachel also develops and presents online workshops on OER, Creative Commons and other related topics to attendees from across North America. Her passion for textbook affordability advocacy grew out of a strong desire to see students succeed without financial barriers. Rachel holds a Bachelor’s in History/Political Science and Master’s Degree in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and an Associate’s degree in Paralegal Studies from Madison College. Her professional interests include enhancing technology literacy and access through open resource development and building diversity and accessibility into OER.
Rachel’s capstone project “Opening the Door: building OER stakeholder support through a centralized course” will provide a structured modular framework for instructors to incorporate OER learning material into their courses which accurately reflect their students, subjects, and themselves while applying a social justice lens. The entire course builds confidence in OER knowledge, creation, and development in a supportive cohort style setting. The main module, “Use OER in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” will focus on remixing and building OER content from a diversity, equity, and inclusion focus.