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Open Education

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ, United States
Official Website @UofA

Type: Public 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 42,236

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OER Webpage

Overview

The University of Arizona (UA) began piloting OER with two open textbooks as part of an eContent Pilot Project in Spring 2014. In Spring 2015, the UA joined the Open Textbook Network and librarian Cheryl Cuillier organized OER Day at the UA, which included an Open Textbook Workshop for faculty. In late 2015, we formed an OER Action Committee, which includes faculty and members from the University Libraries, UA Press, Office of Instruction and Assessment, UA BookStores, Office of Digital Learning (instructional designers for online courses), University Information Technology Services, Disability Resource Center, and student government. In 2016, the UA became an OpenStax institutional partner. In 2017, the UA Libraries held another Open Textbook Workshop for instructors and librarians.

Here are the UA’s estimated savings from OER (based on $100/student):
Spring 2014: $6,100
Fall 2015: $166,800
Spring 2016: $134,600
Fall 2016: $106,400
Spring 2017: $127,600
TOTAL for 2015-17: $535,400

Campus Details

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Academic Subjects With Greatest OER Traction:

Mechanisms to Support OER Included in the Following:



OER Programs

OER Action Committee

Cheryl Cuillier, the UA Libraries' OER Coordinator, and Garry Forger of the UA's Office of Instruction & Assessment formed the OER Action Committee after the 2015 Open Ed Conference. The OER Action Committee meets a few times a semester and has a listserv. Partners include the UA Libraries, UA Press, Office of Instruction & Assessment, UA BookStores, Office of Digital Learning (instructional designers for online courses), central IT, Disability Resource Center, student government, and faculty. The purpose of the group is to share information about OER (and other cost-saving initiatives on campus, such as library-licensed ebooks and Inclusive Access), discuss OER policy at the UA (e.g., as it relates to tenure and promotion), and to track and promote OER usage. There are currently 25 members of the listserv.

Program Type: Task Force/Committee

Duration: 12/2015 - Present

Scope: OER (open course content)

Primary OER Strategy: OER Awareness

Secondary OER Strategies: OER Publication, OER Adaptation, OER Adoption, OER Research

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OER Events

Instructional Designers & OER

Open Textbook Library creator David Ernst, who has a Ph.D. in Learning Technology, led a 90-minute discussion about instructional design and open educational resources. It was attended mainly by instructional designers from the UA's new Office of Digital Learning. It was one of 4 events for OER Day at the UA.

Date: May 1, 2015

Event Type: Talk/Presentation

Scope: OER (open course content)

Approximate Attendees: 8

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Promotional Material

"The Benefits of Open Educational Resources"

This 10-minute talk was given by Cheryl Cuillier, the UA Libraries' OER Coordinator, and Garry Forger of the UA's Office of Instruction & Assessment, at the UA's 2016 IT Summit. We discussed campus progress in promoting OER and outlined the current state of OER adoption on campus, the national and international trends for OER in higher education, and future directions and implications for OER on the UA campus.

Date: Oct. 18, 2016

Event Type: Talk/Presentation

Scope: OER (open course content)

Approximate Attendees: 20

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Open Textbook Workshop

This one-hour workshop was led by Cheryl Cuillier, the UA Libraries' OER Coordinator. It was timed to coincide with Open Access Week, but unfortunately also conflicted with UA's Homecoming. Unlike our previous workshop in May 2015, we didn't offer lunch or the $200 stipend. No faculty showed up. The event drew 2 librarians and a student. Lessons learned: Timing is everything, snacks don't draw attendees like a free lunch and $200 stipend do, and it works better to do targeted faculty recruitment (and preregistration) than to rely on general marketing.

Date: Oct. 23, 2015

Event Type: Workshop/Professional Development

Scope: OER (open course content)

Approximate Attendees: 3

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Promotional Material

Open Textbook Workshop

This 90-minute workshop was led by Cheryl Cuillier, the UA Libraries' OER Coordinator. It covered what makes a textbook "open," where to find OER, best practices for integrating open textbooks into D2L course sites, tips for editing open textbooks, and the Pressbooks publishing platform. The workshop had to be rescheduled from 10/21/2016 due to the OER Coordinator's illness, so some instructors were unable to attend on the two new dates. Free lunch was provided and attendees who wrote a review for the Open Textbook Library received a $200 stipend. Attendees included 3 UA instructors, a liaison librarian, and a UA BookStores manager.

Date: Dec. 1, 2016

Event Type: Workshop/Professional Development

Scope: OER (open course content)

Approximate Attendees: 5

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Promotional Material

Open Textbook Workshop

This 90-minute workshop was led by Cheryl Cuillier, the UA Libraries' OER Coordinator. It covered what makes a textbook "open," where to find OER, best practices for integrating open textbooks into D2L course sites, tips for editing open textbooks, and the Pressbooks publishing platform. The workshop had to be rescheduled from 10/21/2016 due to the OER Coordinator's illness, so some instructors were unable to attend on the two new dates. Free lunch was provided and attendees who wrote a review for the Open Textbook Library received a $200 stipend. Attendees included UA instructors and liaison librarians.

Date: Dec. 2, 2016

Event Type: Workshop/Professional Development

Scope: OER (open course content)

Approximate Attendees: 34

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Liaison Librarians & OER

Sarah Cohen, Managing Director of the Open Textbook Network, led this 90-minute session on how liaison librarians can support faculty adoptions of OER. The session was attended mainly by UA librarians (and 2 librarians from Pima Community College). This was one of 4 events for OER Day at the UA.

Date: May 1, 2015

Event Type: Talk/Presentation

Scope: OER (open course content)

Approximate Attendees: 12

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"Lowering Costs & Increasing Student Success with Open Educational Resources"

This 10-minute talk at the UA's 2015 IT Summit was presented by Cheryl Cuillier of the UA Libraries and Garry Cuillier of the Office of Instruction & Assessment. We talked about the growing OER movement, the pros and cons of OER, how OER are being used at the UA, where to find OER online, and how to integrate them into a learning management system. The audience was a cross-section of faculty, staff, and administrators from across campus.

Date: Oct. 13, 2015

Event Type: Talk/Presentation

Scope: OER (open course content)

Approximate Attendees: 28

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Campus OER Collaborations

This 90-minute discussion focused on how to foster campus collaborations on OER projects at the University of Arizona. We also talked about possible barriers to using OER. The target audience was the newly formed OER Action Committee, campus administrators, and student government leaders. No administrators or students were able to attend. It was led by David Ernst, creator of the University of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Library, and Sarah Cohen, Managing Director of the Open Textbook Network. It was one of 4 events for OER Day at the UA.

Date: May 1, 2015

Event Type: Talk/Presentation

Scope: OER (open course content)

Approximate Attendees: 8

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“The ABC’s of Open Textbooks: What It’s Like to Adopt, Build, or Create a Free Resource”

During this 1-hour panel, 4 UA faculty shared their experiences using open textbooks in the classroom. The panel was moderated by Cheryl Cuillier, UA Libraries' OER Coordinator. This was 1 of 4 events for Open Education Month.

Date: March 28, 2017

Event Type: Panel/Roundtable

Scope: OER (open course content)

Approximate Attendees: 18

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Recording

“An 'Open' Conversation: Why Free Educational Resources Matter Now More than Ever”

In this 1-hour talk, Cable Green, Director of Open Education for Creative Commons, and Cheryl Cuillier, the UA's OER Coordinator, discussed the importance of increasing access to free, high-quality educational resources. This was 1 of 4 events for Open Education Month.

Date: March 24, 2017

Event Type: Talk/Presentation

Scope: OER (open course content)

Approximate Attendees: 8

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Open Textbook Workshop

The 2-hour workshop was led by David Ernst, creator of the University of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Library, and Sarah Cohen, Managing Director of the Open Textbook Network. The audience was mainly UA instructors from a variety of disciplines. The session explained OER and its advantages, and where instructors can discover open textbooks in their fields. Instructors were asked to write a short review of an open textbook in their subject area after the workshop. Reviews were posted in the Open Textbook Library. Instructors received a $200 stipend for participating in the workshop and writing a review. Free lunch was provided at the workshop.

Date: May 1, 2015

Event Type: Workshop/Professional Development

Scope: OER (open course content)

Approximate Attendees: 25

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OER Resources

OER website

The UA's OER website explains OER and how they benefit education, it links to OER repositories and websites, lists UA faculty using OER, lists non-OER (but free) content for course use, and provides resources for creating/editing/printing OER.

Resource Citation:
Cuillier, C., & Forger, G. (n.d.). Open Educational Resources at the University of Arizona. Retrieved from http://oer.arizona.edu



Point of Contact

Cheryl Cuillier
Associate Librarian, Research & Learning Department
@CherylCuillier