In 2017, the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) Libraries launched a program to increase awareness of the transformative power of open education. We believe open education reduces barriers, empowers learners, and connects the academy to the world that it serves. The Libraries provide support, including sponsoring a grant program, for faculty and staff interested in exploring open education through the practice of open pedagogy and/or through the adoption or creation of open educational resources (OER).
UTA CARES (Coalition for Alternative Resources in Education for Students) was established in the 2017-18 academic year. The Coalition is comprised of faculty, staff, and students who are invested in reducing the cost of education for UTA students. OER provide an effective way to both reduce financial barriers to student success and transform learning experiences.
OER Training Series - Fall 2018
UTA Libraries will offer a training series on OER in October. Registration is not required, and attendees are not obligated to attend every session in the series. All events will be held in Central Library 315A.
Introduction to OER
1-2:30 p.m. on Friday, October 19
We’ll define OER, examine the impact of OER use in higher education, discuss copyright and open licensing, and explore avenues for identifying existing OER that can be remixed and reused.
Getting Started with Pressbooks for OER
1-2 p.m. on Monday, October 22
We’ll review examples of OER created using Pressbooks and discuss basic features of the platform, including importing and exporting content, cloning, adding images, formatting text, and embedding multimedia.
Pressbooks and OER: Options for Interactivity
3-4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23
In this hands-on session, we’ll discuss using H5P and Hypothes.is to increase engagement and interactivity of OER developed in Pressbooks.
Pressbooks and OER: Ensuring Accessibility
2-3 p.m. on Monday, October 29
We’ll discuss UTA Libraries’ process for evaluating OER for accessibility and highlight proactive steps content creators can take to ensure OER created in Pressbooks are accessible for all students.
UTA Libraries host two OER community meetings per month. They are open to anyone (no RSVP required). Join us at 11 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month in Central Library 315A. The last meeting of the summer will take place on August 9; meetings will begin again in Spring 2019.
Once per month we’ll host an informal discussion on a topic related to OER or open pedagogy. Whenever possible, topics will be identified during the prior month’s meeting and posted here. OER discussion group meetings occur at 11 a.m. on the second Thursday of the month.
Once per month we’ll host a hands-on exploration of Pressbooks, UTA Libraries’ new publishing platform for OER. Anyone interested in learning about Pressbooks may attend. All attendees will be granted access to the Pressbooks “Sandbox,” and permission to create new projects is provided upon request. Pressbooks Explorations occur at 11 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month.