December 5, 2016

Katie Nelson
Inver Hills Community College


During the American Anthropological Association’s 2016 annual meeting in Minneapolis, I helped facilitate a roundtable discussion sponsored by the Society for Anthropology in Community Colleges. The discussion spurred a robust conversation on the merits and challenges of open access teaching opportunities in anthropology. Addressing the new landscape of open access educational resources including journals, textbooks, data repositories, and multimedia collections, we discussed opportunities to connect students with instructional materials in ways that reduce the price and access barriers that have existed in the past. We also addressed questions about how to curate open access content for students and how to avoid a rush toward “open everything” that devalues the expertise involved in traditional academic publishing. The presenters offered a range of resources that can be incorporated into anthropology courses to enhance collaboration, experimentation, and the exchange of knowledge including the following:


Open Access Resources

  1. Sapiens website:
  2. Palomar College anthropology tutorials
  3. Smithsonian AnthroNotes:
  4. AAA Understanding Race website:
  5. American Ethnography Quasimonthly website:
  6. Bradshaw Foundation website:
  7. Pop Anth: Hot Buttered Humanity website:
  8. The AnthroGeek website:
  9. Savage Minds website:


UTP Anthropology Website

The University of Toronto Press Higher Education’s Anthropology website contains information on new books, shared syllabi, teaching strategies, and new developments in Anthropology, including their forthcoming ethnoGRAPHIC Series – ethnographyt in graphic novel form.


Related Blog Post

Barbara Fister’s blog post about her AAA panel entitled: Curation, Evaluation, and Open Access for Teaching