Launching EcoLiteracies for Climate Action in Florida: A Teaching and Learning Portal

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USF Libraries is excited to share that a new Open Educational Resource (OER) is launching in Spring 2023! 

ELCAF logo showing human cartoon figures lifting a tree together.

The EcoLiteracies for Climate Action in Florida (ELCAF) portal is part of a larger collaborative effort between faculty in the USF Libraries, the College of Education, and the College of Arts and Sciences. The OER design has been led by Dr. Alexandra Panos, Assistant Professor of Literacy Studies, and Dr. Amanda Boczar, Curator for Digital Collections at USF Libraries’ Special Collections, with an aim to pair environmentally-focused stories with archival materials from USF Libraries’ Florida Environment and Natural History (FLENH) collections. ELCAF is designed to help teachers, community educators, teacher educators, and students draw connections between fiction and non-fiction stories, events in history, and acts of climate-focused citizenship. 

Screen capture of the Explore Stories Page on the ELCAF portal.

Theoretically focused in ecojustice and feminist digital pedagogy approaches to engaging in conversations about climate action and environmentalism, the OER will allow educators and learners to engage with the content from a variety of angles and use what works best in their teaching contexts. Through the pairing of archival documents with contemporary media resources, readers will have the opportunity to anchor their world in the past and uncover many new voices. Each story covered in the portal is also matched with optional “stances,” or analytic approaches, to rethink the narratives and place them into context. 



ELCAF originated as a collaboration for library instruction support with Research and Instruction Librarian Susan Ariew, who has developed a resource LibGuide for Dr. Panos’ Ecojustice Literacies course in Fall 2022. ELCAF has received generous support from the USF Center for Innovation and Learning, the USF College of Education, USF Libraries, and an American Library Association Carnegie-Whitney Grant.   

Stay tuned for a formal launch announcement in the coming months.

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