UTA Libraries provide no-cost access to Pressbooks for UTA faculty, staff, and students interested in creating or modifying OER. Pressbooks is a web-based publishing tool that allows authors to easily import content and export the resulting publication to a variety of formats, including MOBI, EPUB, and PDF. Additionally, the platform and compatible plugins support embedded multimedia, interactive assessment, and web annotation. Additional publishing support available for UTA CARES grantees includes the following:
All members of the UTA community are invited to join our Pressbooks Sandbox to experiment with and learn about the publishing platform.
UTA is committed to ensuring course materials are both accessible and affordable for our students. Accomplishing this requires comprehensive and timely reporting of course resource adoptions by instructors and program administrators. Prompt reporting enables transparent communication with students so they can better plan for the cost of their education, empowers the campus store to leverage used and rental materials that make resources more affordable, and allows students with disabilities to access necessary resource accommodations without delay.
Courses that use only OER or other types of resources available at no cost to students can be tagged with UTA's "free educational materials" course attribute. Eligible courses will carry the attribute in the schedule of classes, as shown here. OER use should be reported via the Reporting Free Resources form before the first day of registration whenever possible.
Communicating About OER with Your Students
If you've adopted OER in your courses, it's important to clearly communicate this to students as early as possible. Our syllabus guide contains sample language you can include in your syllabus. It may be helpful to spend a few minutes on the first day of class discussing course materials and the options students have in accessing the required resources.
Sharing your work under an open licenses does not mean giving up your copyright or ownership of the work. Rather, an open license is a way for creators to proactively communicate to the public about how copyrighted material can and cannot be used. Open licensing options fill the gap between "all rights reserved" copyright (which protects everything from storing copies of a work to modifying the work) and the public domain (no copyright protection). Popular open licensing mechanisms, such as Creative Commons (CC), allow creators, remixers, and content users to quickly and easily understand how we can legally use and adapt other people's work. CC-licenses are easy to recognize and apply to your own work. A license can be applied to anything copyrightable, such as books, blogs, music, videos, images, software, data, and more!
It is possible to include small portions of all-rights-reserved materials in an OER if reuse qualifies as a fair use. In all cases, clear communication about copyright authorship is required. Additionally, authors are required to submit to UTA Libraries a completed fair use checklist & analysis for every fair use application. Please contact us for help understanding and completing the checklist.
Request free access to Pressbooks.
Authors may request creation of their own Pressbooks site with a unique URL. Sites should be requested only after the project name has been finalized, as the URL cannot be changed once it has been created. Authors are encouraged to build resources in the Mavs Open Press Sandbox in the interim and then clone the content from the Sandbox to the project site after the project name is finalized. Please note that all resources supported by Mavs Open Press must be openly licensed, allowing for downstream users to remix and reuse the content.