The Open Education Professional Directory

Barbara Illowsky, Professor, Statistics & Mathematics


Foothill - De Anza Community College District


Native/near native level proficiency

Areas of expertise

Open Education - General
Oversight of open education at an institution
Open Education policy development
Implementation of open education policies
Open licenses
Business Models for open education
Awareness raising and outreach
Open Educational Resources
Authoring OER
Using/remixing OER for face to face education
Using/remixing OER for online education
OER project management
Instructional design using OER
Peer review of OER
Faculty adoption of OER
Libraries and OER
OER and lifelong learning
Open Access
Open Access policy development
Peer review in open access journals
Expertise in a particular discipline
Elementary Statistics (algebra based)
Geographic regions of professional expertise
North America


Personal statement

I completely believe that openness leads to innovation. Introductory Statistics is an example of a former textbook that has become a learning platform and system due to the innovation of other non-profit and for-profit organizations because of the CC BY license.

I have been involved in the Open Movement since the early 2000s. This includes having the first full, captioned course videos from a community college hosted by iTunesU, allowing open access to an award winning online course I co-developed, and co-author of Introductory Statistics by OpenStax College and (formally, Collaborative Statistics published on Connexions). I was the first project director for the Community College Consortium for Open Education Resources. I introduced and led the internal campaign for open policy adopted by the California Community College system. In addition, I have led and continue to lead openness advocacy and professional development on OER. In 2013, the Open Ed Consortium (then called OCWConsortium) awarded me the annual Educator Award for OpenCourseWare Excellence (ACE award).

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