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).
Please note that attendees must join the Open Educational Resources channel in Microsoft Teams to view and use the chat function during virtual sessions. All sessions are hosted virtually via the Teams platform, and recordings are available in the UTA Workshops channel of the OER Team.
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 a virtual Open Textbook Workshop 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.
Two workshops will be held in Fall 2020. An RSVP is recommended to attend.
UTA Libraries provide support for UTA educators to enable participation in local, regional, and national OER conferences and events. The Libraries will sponsor participation in this year's virtual Open Education Conference to be held November 9-13 and the OE Global Conference to be held November 16-20. Professors, students, and other stakeholders interested in attending the virtual event should apply by October 25.
Drop in for virtual OER Office Hours Monday through Thursday via Teams for personalized guidance on finding, using, or creating OER for your courses.
The US Department of Education recently opened the 2020 application period for its Open Textbook Pilot Program. Applicants may request a budget of up to $2 million for a period of up to 36 months to support the creation of new open textbooks and/or expand the use of open textbooks in courses that are part of a degree-granting program, particularly those with high enrollments. The evaluation criteria, priorities, and requirements are outlined in the Notice; applicants must form a consortium consisting of at least three institutions of higher education and assemble an advisory group of workforce partners. Applications are due by November 16, 2020.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) announced a call for OER development grants of up $25,000 and implementation grants of up to $5,000 for Texas Core Curriculum courses. Details on THECB website. Recipient announcements have been delayed and are now expected by October 2020.
Applications for UTA CARES adoption stipends will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Visit the UTA CARES Grant Program guide to apply or learn more.
"Open educational resources improve accessibility, provide free learning materials to students" by Shambhavi Rimal was published in The Shorthorn on October 7, 2020.
The University of Texas System Affordable Learning Accelerator Task Force issued a statement in July 2020 "asking faculty and administrators across the UT System to strongly consider including OER as they plan Fall 2020 courses." The announcement noted, "COVID-19 has exacerbated the financial need and insecurity of students across the UT System. UT System students need Open Educational Resources now more than ever."
The investment, announced October 1, 2019, 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.
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Open Education Week 2020 by Michelle Reed
The Semester You Learn to Walk (a lecture) by Ursula Abdala
Mythbusting 101: Reflecting on a Year of Open by Michelle Reed
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."