Open Educational Resources
in Caribbean Studies Project

The Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC) is pleased to support educators creating and sharing open educational resources (OER) in Caribbean studies. DLOC’s OER stipend project builds on over a decade of efforts across our network of educators to share teaching tools, ideas, and practices. From syllabi to recorded lectures, lesson plans to selections of primary sources, educators frequently share valuable teaching resources with one another, but often these resources are inaccessible or unknown to the broader community.

Over the course of the Revitalizing dLOC (2022-2026) grant period, dLOC will issue three calls for proposals and establish a WordPress-based publishing platform devoted to disseminating and promoting this work. Emphasizing collaboration, knowledge sharing, and network building across languages and geographies, dLOC seeks projects that spur creative and critical pedagogical practices in Caribbean studies, with particular focus on projects that build upon, enhance, or complement the archival collections in dLOC.

To compensate participants for both the labor of creating resources and their decision to share them freely with a broad audience, the project will award an honorarium of between $2,000 and $5,000.

We invite applications from adjunct, part-time, and full time college and university educators, independent scholars, librarians, archivists, curators, instructional designers, and graduate students from a range of disciplines and institution-types. We especially seek applications from individuals and groups based in the Caribbean.

Please direct any questions to Tania M. Ríos Marrero, dLOC Project Coordinator:

This project is made possible with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Congratulations to the 2024 stipend recipients!

The next call for proposals will be in November 2024. Please reference the 2024 CFP to become familiar with application requirements. The call is available in English, French, and Spanish.

What are open educational resources (OER)?

Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that are free of legal, financial and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment.

The foundation of Open Education is open educational resources (OER), which are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permission for open use. Generally, this permission is granted by use of an open license (for example, Creative Commons licenses) which allows anyone to freely use, adapt and share the resource—anytime, anywhere. “Open” permissions are typically defined in terms of the “5R’s”: users are free to Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix and Redistribute these educational materials. [1]

[1] Attribution: This section was adapted from “Open Education” by SPARC, is licensed CC BY 4.0.

Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee will review, select and provide constructive feedback on proposals and completed projects.

Debbie McCollin

Dr. Debbie McCollin has been a Lecturer at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago since 2012. She holds a PhD in History (2010) and a Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (2014) from the aforementioned university. Her recent publications include “An Altered Landscape: Malaria Control and Environmental Transformation in Trinidad and Tobago 1941 – 1962” (Medicine and Environment, 2020), and World War II and the Caribbean edited with Karen E. Eccles (UWI Press, 2017). Her current research is focused on the Pre-Independence era in Trinidad and Tobago, the History of Health and Medicine in the West Indies in the twentieth century, the impact of World War II on the West Indies and Digital History.

Joshua Ortiz Baco

Dr. Joshua Ortiz Baco is an associate professor and digital scholarship librarian in the University of Tennessee Libraries. He is part of the Scholars’ Collaborative, a department offering services for digital scholarship and digital humanities in the areas of GIS, media literacy, scholarly communication, open-publishing, and data management. He holds a PhD in Latin American literatures and cultures with a specialization in digital humanities and 19th century Brazilian, Cuban, and Puerto Rican periodicals. His work focuses on digital methodologies, text mining and network analysis, applied to discourses of race and abolitionism in periodicals published in Latin America and by diasporic communities of Cuban and Puerto Rican intellectuals in the U.S.

Dexnell Peters

Dr. Dexnell Peters is a Lecturer in Caribbean and Atlantic History at the University of the West Indies, Mona. He was formerly Teaching Fellow at the University of Warwick and Bennett Boskey Fellow in Atlantic History at Exeter College, University of Oxford and holds a PhD in Atlantic History from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Peters is broadly interested in the history of the Greater Caribbean and the Atlantic World. His current research project, through the main themes of geography and the environment, inter-imperial transitions, migration, the plantation economy, politics and religion, makes a case for the rise of a Greater Southern Caribbean region (inclusive of Venezuela and the Guianas) in the late eighteenth century, showing evidence for a very polyglot, cross-imperial and interconnected world.

Shearon Roberts

Dr. Shearon Roberts is an associate professor of Mass Communication and affiliate faculty of African American and Diaspora Studies at Xavier University of Louisiana. She teaches courses in converged media, digital storytelling, broadcast production and Latin America and the Caribbean. She has published on Caribbean media today, particularly Haitian media, in peer-reviewed journals and as book chapters. She is the co-author of Oil and Water: Media Lessons from Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Disaster and she is a co-editor of HBO’s Treme and Post-Katrina Catharsis: The Mediated Rebirth of New Orleans. She currently directs My Nola, My Story, a multimedia platform for the stories of people of color who have called New Orleans home. She has worked as a reporter covering Latin America and the Caribbean

Gunvor Simonsen

Dr. Gunvor Simonsen is an associate professor at the University of Copenhagen. She specializes in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Atlantic history. Her particular focus is on Caribbean cultural and social history as well as West African and Danish Atlantic history. In her research she has explored questions about government, gender, religion, and race in the US Virgin Islands when they were under Danish rule and known as the Danish West Indies. Presently, she leads a research project IN THE SAME SEA (funded by the European Research Council). Together with a multinational team of researchers and supported by digital tools, the team of IN THE SAME SEA narrates the history of how the Lesser Antilles emerged as a common world of slavery and freedom, c. 1650s-1850s.

Keja Valens

Dr. Keja Valens is Professor of English at Salem State University.  She teaches and writes on Caribbean literature, queer theory, and food writing.  Her recent books include Desire Between Women in Caribbean Literature (Palgrave-Macmillan, December 2013) and the co-edited Querying Consent: Beyond Permission and Refusal (Rutgers, 2018). She is currently working on a book project tentatively titled Recipes for National Culture: the Colonial and Decolonial work of Caribbean Cookbooks.