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.
Inquiry Deadline: August 10, 2018 at 5:00 pm C.S.T.
Application Deadline: August 20, 2018 at 5:00 pm C.S.T.
Awards Announcement: On or around October 1, 2018
U.S. Department of Education Grants Coming Soon
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 $5 million will be awarded as competitive grants to institutions of higher education through the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more about the bill on SPARC’s blog.
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: 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: July 26, August 23