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). View our growing catalog of OER authored by UTA educators or browse the repositories listed on our OER guide to find content appropriate for your courses.
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. Virtual meetings are also hosted via Teams.
UTA CARES Grant Program
UTA Libraries awarded five OER grants in 2019 for the UTA CARES Grant Program. The grants will result in actual cost savings of just under $80,000 for UTA students during the first year of use alone. Congratulations to grant recipients Dr. Kim Breuer, Dr. Scott Palmer, Dr. Rebecca Mauldin, Ms. Aida Allen, Dr. Bonnie Boardman, and Dr. Ashley Lemke. Read our press release for more information. Adoption Stipends will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis.
Open Education Community Discussion: Inclusive Design
1 p.m. on Thursday, July 11, in Central Library 315A
UTA Libraries host regular community discussions for UTA educators interested in learning more about OER, meeting others engaged in open educational practices, and discussing topics related to open education. The meetings take place in a computer lab, but feel free to bring your own device. All are welcome; no RSVP required. The discussion is open to online guests- joining details are available via Microsoft Teams - Open Education. On July 11, we'll be joined by Jess Mitchell, Manager of the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University, who will lead a discussion on accessibility and inclusive design.
* Additional community discussions are tentatively planned for 10:30 a.m. on July 23 and 1:30 p.m. on August 5.
Print OER for Fall 2019
UTA Libraries collaborate with the UTA Bookstore to make locally authored OER available in print for students who prefer to purchase a hard copy of the text. In order to make print OER available to students for Fall 2019, content must be finalized by July 15, 2019. Resources that are not finalized by this deadline will be available in digital formats only; however, students are legally allowed to print their own hard copy, if desired.
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."