My name is Kaitlin Schilling and I’m excited to have this opportunity to meet with you all! I am a disabled settler of French and German ancestry, originally from Tkaronto (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), now living in Win-nipi (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) with my partner and our two orange cats.
I am currently the Associate Program Manager at Rebus Community and have been involved with open education for almost four years now. My role involves reviewing current research on equity and cultural competence in open education and using collected research to update and improve program curriculum, update existing guides, and create new openly licensed guides to share Rebus’ insights and method. Right now, I am currently working on a new openly licensed guide about DEI in OER creation.
Growing up in a household where several family members were unable to read and write, and others spoke English as a second or third language has instilled a passion about the use of plain language within educational and political contexts. I am very interested in how open education can be used beyond academic institutions to educate people in non-traditional ways and push the broader population to change the current status quo.
When I’m not working, you’ll find me at home with the cats, listening to music, reading, or beading.
I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you and chatting about IEH!
Yay Kaitlin! I was waiting for a card with cats!!!
I hope to be getting cats this spring in my new place, yay! condo allows two cats maximum, and of course I want the maximum cats allowed!
And also just to say YAY REBUS. And OER in general. I’m so gloomy about many of things that I see happening in education, but OER is a beautiful bright spot shining in the gloom. Rebus is such a great example to watch too. :-0
Your post reminded me of how a local colleague, an economics professor, felt Intentionally Equitable Hospitality was a mouthful and he kept saying, don’t you just mean “pre-design with care and compassion”. And I don’t think he is right, I think it is more than that, but it still made me pause on the language itself. Comprehensible to most people, I think, but may benefit from some simpler form.