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Open Education at UTA

UTA is committed to ensuring course materials are both accessible and affordable for our students. Accomplishing this requires comprehensive and timely reporting of course resource adoptions by instructors and program administrators. Prompt reporting enables transparent communication with students so they can better plan for the cost of their education, empowers the campus store to leverage used and rental materials that make resources more affordable, and allows students with disabilities to access necessary resource accommodations without delay. 

Courses that require only open educational resources (OER) or additional resources costing up to $25 in total (per student) are eligible for UTA's "free" or "low-cost" course attributes. These courses will carry the attribute in the schedule of classes, as shown here. The attributes allow students to search and filter courses based on educational resource costs. This addition to MyMav is the result of Texas Senate Bill 810.

Reporting Free Resources

NOTE: The process for reporting courses for which the total cost per student is $0 will be updated in Spring 2022. Look out for more instructions in the coming weeks.

For now, all resources, even if they are free of cost, should be reported to the UTA Bookstore using the Follett Discover Tool, as described below.

Reporting All Other Resources

If the total cost per student for all required resources in a course exceeds $0, report your resource use directly to the UTA Bookstore using the Follett Discover tool located in Canvas. Adoptions may also be submitted via email, over the phone, or in person.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to report my resource use to the bookstore? My students are going to purchase required resources online instead of through the bookstore.

Yes. All materials required for UTA courses should be communicated via one of the two methods described above. Failure to provide this information leaves the university at risk of noncompliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act. It also results in communicating inaccurate information to students during registration.

Reporting to the bookstore in no way requires students to purchase from the store. However, it does ensure that students who must purchase materials from the store are able to do so. Students who wish to purchase elsewhere are free to do so. Excluding the store does students a disservice in the following situations:

  • Course materials for some students (e.g., student athletes and veterans) are purchased by another organization; in this case they are frequently required to purchase directly from the store.
  • Some students prefer to use the bookstore due to convenience and proximity to their classes; it is easier to pull course booklists to ensure purchase of the correct materials.
  • Many students value the opportunity to "preview" required resources by visiting the store, where they can touch and flip through the materials before making a purchase.

Will my course be tagged with the free course attribute if I "recommend" rather than "require" use of a commercial resource?

Course syllabi will be reviewed prior to tagging courses with free or low-cost attributes in the schedule of classes. Regardless of the language used to describe it, any resource that is referenced in course readings or is necessary to complete a course assignment is considered a "required" resource. Course instructors are encouraged to limit descriptors to "required" and "optional" resources; there should be no penalty for students who opt out of purchasing "optional" resources.

What types of resources qualify for the free and low-cost course attributes?

Course costs are divided into three categories. Only educational resource costs will be considered for the purposes of applying free and low-cost course attributes. All items should be clearly marked in the course syllabus.

Educational Resources

Educational resources are print and electronic materials required to successfully consume content and submit assignments in a course. Items such as textbooks and other reading materials, multimedia, software, access codes, and course bundles are examples of educational resources. If students are required to purchase access to a specific platform or associated clickers, these costs should be included in the total cost of educational resources for the course. Resource costs should be calculated using the list price for new resources.

Equipment & Supplies*

The cost of items such as calculators, tablets, graphing paper, or art supplies should not be included in the cost of educational resources.


The cost of participating in required course experiences, such as museum or other site visits, should be disclosed in a publicly posted syllabus but is not considered an educational resource.

* Please Note: Any courses that use equipment and supplies (e.g., calculators, drawing paper) should be reported to the UTA Bookstore so they may stock the appropriate equipment for students.

Follett Discover

The Follett Discover tool is located in the left-hand navigation column in each course in Canvas, as shown below.

If the tool link does not appear in the left-hand navigation column in your course, please follow these steps:

  1. Scroll down to the bottom of the left-hand navigation column and click "Settings."
  2. Click "Navigation" at the top of the settings page.
  3. Scroll down to find "Follett Discover" in the lower list of hidden items and drag it to the upper list.
  4. Be sure to click "Save" at the very bottom of the page.