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).
Events & Opportunities
UTA instructors of record are encouraged to apply for a travel scholarship to attend Creator Fest 2020 in Houston, Texas, on March 24-27, 2020. The event, sponsored by OpenStax and held at Rice University, brings together educators from across the United States for high-level yet pragmatic morning workshops followed by afternoons dedicated to building and modifying open educational resources. Travel scholarships provide registration, air travel, hotel accommodations, and meals. For full consideration, apply by January 31.
Additional scholarships will be announced throughout the year. See the Travel Scholarships page for updates.
Open Textbook Workshops
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 Open Textbook Workshops to be held at UTA in January 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.
Dates and Times:
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 17
2-4 p.m. Wednesday, January 22
Noon - 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 28
Lunch will be served at events occurring over the noon hour. Coffee and snacks will be provided at afternoon events. RSVP required.
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.
Deadlines for UTA-authored OER to be used in Spring 2020:
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."