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).
Panel: Adopting, Modifying, and Creating OER at UTA
Join us for a panel discussion featuring UTA educators who have adopted, modified, and/or created OER. Panelists will discuss their motivation for investigating alternative resources, opportunities and challenges they faced during the process, and the impact OER have had on students and the broader higher education community. We’ll also discuss financial and technical support for OER available at UTA. Lunch will be served. RSVP required.
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, October 23
Place: Central Library, Parlor and Atrium (6th floor)
This panel discussion will feature Dr. Habib Ahmari (Civil Engineering), Dr. Bonnie Boardman (Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering), Dr. Kimberly Breuer (History), and Dr. Matt Crosslin (LINK Research Lab). It is part of UTA Libraries' Open Access Week events. Visit our website for information about other OA Week events.
Open Textbook Workshops (Stipends Available)
Open textbooks can alleviate the burden of educational costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their courses. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many faculty across the country, including here at UTA. They are licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed. Many are also accompanied by customizable slides, test banks, and other supplemental materials.
Attend one of the two Open Textbook Workshops to be held at UTA in November to discover open textbooks in your field. After the workshop, you’ll be asked to write a short review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks, and you’ll receive a $200 stipend for your participation and written review. Lunch will be served.
Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Dates: Tuesday, November 5, and Monday, November 18
Place: Central Library, Parlor (6th floor)
Please RSVP for this event. Applications are due by midnight on Monday, October 28, for the November 5 workshop and by midnight on Sunday, November 11, for the November 18 workshop. Capacity is limited and open textbooks are not available for all subjects. Preference will be based on textbook subject area availability.
News and Announcements
UTA Invests $500,000 in OER
The investment, announced on October 1, is intended to increase both the affordability of college and the success of UTA students. It is the largest award by a public academic institution in the state of Texas specifically supporting OER initiatives.
Find Us in Microsoft Teams
We now have a Microsoft Team for Open Education. Join us in Teams for chatter about OER, updates on community discussions, news, tips, and more.
In June 2018, Mavs Open Press published our first OER. Creating Online Learning Experiences: A Brief Guide to Online Courses, from Small and Private to Massive and Open was a collaborative project led by Dr. Matt Crosslin of UTA's LINK Research Lab. A print option is available at cost through Lulu.com.
Contents of this guide were shaped by the work of Dr. David Wiley, who reminds us that education is about sharing, and Dr. Robin DeRosa, who gave us the phrase, open education is "about reducing barriers to education, empowering learners, and connecting the academy to the world that it serves."