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Open Education at UTA: Grant Recipients

2018 Grant Recipients

2018 Press Release - UTA Libraries Funds Five Educators to Lower Textbook Costs

Project Lead Department Award Type Project Description

Dr. Habib Ahmari

Civil Engineering Innovation Grant

"Developing and Implementing an Open Access Multimedia Platform to Enhance Teaching Fluid Mechanics Lab"

The proposed project seeks to transform the traditional teaching Fluid Mechanics Lab, a Civil Engineering (CE) junior level course, by devising a Web-based multimedia platform. This platform will provide open access support for students and include customized lab manuals, educational videos, and an interactive lab report preparation toolkit. The project will be carried out by a faculty-student team comprised of Dr. Habib Ahmari, one graduate student, and three undergraduate students.

Dr. Theresa Jorgensen

Mathematics Adoption Stipend

"Utilizing OER Resources to Strengthen the Student Experience in Geometry"

This project will support the revision of Geometry 3301 to transition to OER materials. The revision will include modification of the syllabus, course assignments, and course delivery method.

Dr. Andrew Milson

History Adoption Stipend

"Open Human Geography: Free Classic Readings and Wiki Education"

The purpose of this project is to eliminate the required textbook ($97) for GEOG 2302: Human Geography and to adopt freely-available resources in its place. For each of the topics in the course, students will read a "classic" article or book chapter that is available through UTA Libraries e-journal and e-book collection or through the web. Additionally, students will access UTA library resources and open access resources as they create and edit Wikipedia pages for a course project.

Dr. Ignacio Ruiz-Pérez

Modern Languages Innovation Seed

"Creating an Open Access Chapter for Spanish 3315: Composition through Literature"

The purpose of this project is to create the first two chapters of an open textbook for SPAN 3315: Composition through Literature. The selected chapter will include two main topics (“Los vicios de dicción” [The Stylistic Vices] and “Los falsos cognados” [False Cognates]) with a set of exercises to enhance the student learning. In addition, we will select a literary reading (an essay) related to the topics under discussion. This set of open-access resources will allow Spanish students to have a more personalized and effective learning experience adjusted to the specific challenges they encounter in today’s global world.

Dr. Christy Spivey

Economics Adoption Stipend

"OER Adoption in an Economics Data Analysis Capstone Course"

I am developing a new course for the Economics BS program, ECON 4318: Economic Data Analysis Capstone, to be taught for the first time in Fall 2018. A major focus of this course will be a data analysis project, which will require students to answer an economic question using real data and to communicate the findings in a way that is understandable to a non-Economics major. I plan to use Wiki Education and open source materials from Tableau, the data visualization software, for the project.

2017 Grant Recipients

Project Lead Department Course(s) Impacted Project Description
Dr. Sharareh Kermanshachi Civil Engineering Civil Engineering 5350

"Development of Web-Based Interactive Educational System Replacing Traditional Textbook-Based Instructional Approach"

This project develops a web-based interactive educational system to replace a traditional textbook-based instructional approach. It is aimed to reduce the high cost of commercial print textbooks for both students and parents and implement the proposed educational system in the graduate level CE 5350-Risk Management class. As most of the students in the Construction Management Master’s program are international students, creation of an OER will significantly contribute to the academic success of CE Department students.
Bret Lathwell Sociology Sociology 1311

"Multi Media and other Supplementals to Facilitate Adoption of an existing OER Textbook"

This project will create podcasts, videos, and chapter summaries published under the CC BY license to supplement an existing OpenStax textbook. The materials will provide crucial support to the textbook by providing students with mobile friendly multi media content free of charge, which will both save the students money and increase academic performance.
Dr. Mohan Pant Curriculum & Instruction Education 5394 and Education 5397

"Educational Statistics Using R and R Commander"

The proposed textbook will employ an inductive reasoning approach to teach concepts of statistics using data from education. The text will introduce R (free statistical software) and R commander (a graphical interface for R) to assist learners with graphing and analyzing data. Relevant statistical concepts and their usefulness will be included with each activity.
Alicia Soueid Modern Languages French 2314

"Content-Based French Language: An OER Creation Project"

The proposed intermediate-level French textbook will incorporate material and resources from multiple domains, including business, history, the arts, and the sciences. It will be used in a bridge course that prepares students for upper-level French coursework.