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Community-based knowledge exchange and mitigating information privilege Choie, Mandy; O'Brien, Heather, 1977-; Sinnamon, Luanne; Ubels, Nick


This is an open education resource (OER) about scholarly communications designed for use in library and information studies classes. The Making Research Accessible initiative (MRAi) is a case study that demonstrates principles of community-university knowledge exchange in practice. The OER, consisting of an Instructor’s Guide and accompanying presentation Slide Deck with speaking notes, emphasizes three primary themes: Principles and practices of community engagement for knowledge exchange; Meaningful access to research for non-academic audiences; and Research ethics in historically marginalized underrepresented communities. We have organized the OER to consist of a “core” module, “Community-based knowledge exchange and mitigating information privilege” and three pathways: 1) “Information access and alternative formats,” 2) “Supporting community-led research,” and 3) “Community engagement and services.” Instructors can “mix and match” content from the pathways depending on available class time, course structure, and student interests. The core and pathway modules include learning objectives, a wide selection of open access academic and professional articles, books, blogs, websites, videos and multimedia, and active learning activities for in-person or online delivery.

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