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.
THECB OER Grant Program
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) recently announced an Open Educational Resources Grant Program to encourage faculty at institutions of higher education to adopt, modify, redesign, or develop courses that use only OER. Courses eligible for consideration include only lower-division courses offered within the Texas General Education Core Curriculum (see the Core Curriculum Web Center for a list of eligible courses). THECB anticipates awarding approximately 20 grants of up to $10,000 each. Additional details and application forms are available online.
A completed "blue sheet" with application attachments is due to UTA's Office of Grants and Contract Services by August 17, 2018.
OER Grant Application Sprint materials:
U.S. Department of Education Open Textbook Pilot Program
In Spring 2018, the U.S. Congress signed into law an appropriations bill that included $5 million to support an open textbook grant program. The Department of Education, which administers the program, is accepting applications for the funding from institutions of higher education until August 29, 2018. Up to 3 grants are expected to be awarded in the following priority areas:
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. The last meeting of the summer will take place on August 9.
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.