April 2, 2020 Update: If you completed a book review following an Open Textbook Workshop and sent your APS form but your stipend wasn’t included with your April paycheck, we sincerely apologize for the holdup. Due to the current state of affairs with the coronavirus situation the approval process was delayed. We anticipate that stipends will post to May paychecks. If you do not see an increase in your May check, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will look into it.
March 13, 2020 Update: All in-person workshops and travel have been canceled until further notice. Please visit UTA's website for updates on how the institution is responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. To set up a consultation to discuss OER for your course, please contact us at email@example.com.
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).
June 2020 - Multiple Dates
The UTA CARES grantee training program will be hosted online throughout June 2020. The sessions are open to anyone in the UTA community, and an RSVP is not required. However, please note that attendees must join the Open Educational Resources channel in Microsoft Teams to view and use the chat function during the sessions. All sessions will be hosted virtually via the Teams platform, and recordings are available in the Programming channel of the OER Team. Joining details and session descriptions are available on the training program guide.
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. The platform integrates with Canvas and compatible plugins support embedded multimedia, interactive assessment, and web annotation. Drop in via the Teams joining details below to learn how to get started. No appointment necessary. The OER team is also available by appointment.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) announced OER development grants of up $25,000 and implementation grants of up to $5,000 for Texas Core Curriculum courses. Details on THECB website. The deadline has been extended to July 20, 2020.
Applications for all award types will now be accepted on an ongoing basis. Visit UTA CARES Grant Program guide to apply or learn more.
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.
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:
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."