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Open Education

The University of Tennessee - Knoxville

Knoxville, TN, United States
Official Website @UTKnoxville

Type: Public 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 30,386

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OER LibGuide


Faculty at the University of Tennessee (UT) have created and adopted OER for many years; however, data on adoptions and creations were not gathered in one place until the UT Libraries led efforts fin UT joining the Open Textbook Network in 2016.

Since that time, the Libraries have worked with many campus stakeholders and organized several ongoing efforts to bring attention to OER and increase OER adoptions, especially open textbook adoptions. Partners have included students, university administration, faculty, the teaching and learning center, and the VolShop, a UT-owned and operated bookstore.

Successes include the establishment of the annual SGA Open Education Awards, an awareness campaign/$1 Million Challenge for open textbook adoptions from the Office of the Provost and SGA (2017-18), and the formation of the Open Textbook Working Group, with members including librarians, instructional designers, and lecturers. Currently (spring 2018), we are working with our Libraries' Development Office to explore opportunities for creating open textbook adoption grants with donations from alumni and other donors.

Campus Details

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Academic Subjects With Greatest OER Traction:

Mechanisms to Support OER Included in the Following:

Point of Contact

Rachel Caldwell
Scholarly Communication Librarian