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.
Open Education Week 2018
Events to support and celebrate the practice of open education at UTA. Textbook Hero nominations remain open throughout the year.
Open Office Hours
Instructors are invited to stop by the Central Library B20 with your syllabus for personalized assistance locating OER and other free materials to replace commercial textbooks and bundles. These consultations are offered in support of the UTA CARES Grant Program.
Monday, March 5, 10 a.m. – noon
Tuesday, March 6, 10 a.m. – noon
Wednesday, March 7, 2 – 4 p.m.
Thursday, March 8, 4 – 6 p.m.
Teaching with Wiki Education
The Libraries will host a presentation and Q&A with Samantha Weald, Outreach Manager for Wiki Education, to discuss engaged teaching and learning with Wikipedia. Lunch will be provided, and space is limited. RSVP by Tuesday, March 6. This workshop is open to UTA instructors of record for credit-bearing courses.
Friday, March 9, noon – 1 p.m. (Central Library 315A)
Interested in learning more about Wikipedia and Wiki Education but not a UTA instructor? Join us for a second workshop by Samantha. No RSVP necessary.
Friday, March 9, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. (Central Library 315A)
Sticker Shock: Save $$$$ on Course Resources
Monday, March 5, noon - 1 p.m. (Library Mall)
Tuesday, March 6, noon - 1 p.m. (Library Mall)
Wednesday, March 7, noon - 1 p.m. (Library Mall)
UTA NAACP General Body Meeting
UTA CARES Student Project Team members will join the UTA NAACP to discuss OER and how students can get involved in the push for free course resources right here at UTA. We hope to see you there!
Monday, March 5, noon - 1 p.m. (University Center, San Saba Room)
Collaborating Across Institutions to Advance Open Education
The Open Education movement has grown dramatically in recent years. Much of this growth is the result of innovative OER programs and initiatives that span multiple institutions. Although challenging, these types of initiatives have the potential to impact the largest number of students and go far in making open the default in education. This special Open Education Week webcast will highlight system and state/provincial-wide Open Education initiatives at SPARC member institutions.
Wednesday, March 7, 1 - 2 p.m. (free webcast)
Video Introduction to Open Education
Dr. Robin DeRosa explains the transformative benefits of open education.
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.
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.
Upcoming: July 12, August 9
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.
Upcoming: June 28, July 26, August 23