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Drawing on experiences with the JustPublics@365 participatory open online course, or POOC, this chapter discusses the politics and possibilities of open access pedagogy and the broader engagement with communities that academics might achieve. We situated the POOC in New York City’s East Harlem neighborhood and to use the course to form an academic-community partnership. Rather than replicate the broadcast model employed by many MOOCs, in which an instructor delivers education to a broad audience of otherwise disconnected students, the POOC sought to engage participants through open site-based and online experiences, including lectures and class readings posted openly for any member of the public to reach.
Daniels, J., Thistlethwaite, P., & Smith-Cruz, S. (2017). Opening Education, Linking to Communities: The #InQ13 Collective’s Participatory Open Online Course (POOC) in East Harlem. In E.M. Losh (Ed), MOOCs and Their Afterlives: Experiments in Scale and Access in Higher Education (198-212). Chicago; London: University of Chicago Press.