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Open Education

The University of Texas at Arlington

Arlington, TX, United States
Official Website @utarlington

Type: Public 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 39,740

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Open education efforts at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) are managed by the Libraries and began in earnest in fall 2016 with the hire of a full-time Open Education Librarian. The Libraries believe that open education reduces barriers, empowers learners, and connects the academy to the world that it serves. We provide support 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). Additionally, we provide support for locating affordable course materials, such as library-licensed articles or ebooks, to replace high-cost commercial textbooks.

UTA Libraries are a member of the Open Textbook Network (OTN). We hosted an Open Textbook Workshop, led by OTN presenters, in February 2017 to incentivize the review of open textbooks available through the Open Textbook Library (OTL). Of the faculty and staff who attended, 11 submitted reviews to be included in the OTL and 11 expressed interest in adopting OER in their course(s)/program. The OTN visit also included a workshop for librarians and instructional designers, which provided subject librarians the background and vocabulary necessary to discuss OER with their faculty members, and a roundtable discussion on accessibility of OER with stakeholders from across campus.

The Libraries participated in Open Education Week 2017 by offering informal opportunities for students to speak out about textbooks, an open pedagogy/open data workshop for instructors, and a Free the Textbook party that provided an opportunity for participants to compare OER to high-cost commercial textbooks. During the spring 2017 semester, we also launched a Textbook Hero campaign to highlight the work of those on campus who are already using OER or low-cost course materials. We are continuing to collect and share these stories with our campus community. Additionally, in May 2017, the Libraries launched a new grant program that supports open pedagogy and OER adoption/creation projects. The Libraries are currently recruiting membership for UTA CARES (Coalition for Alternative Resources in Education for Students).

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UTA CARES Grant Program

The current publishing price models for many academic journals and textbooks, where publishers use the knowledge and expertise of university faculty to create content priced beyond a level sustainable for academic libraries and many students, demand exploration of alternative publishing models. Acknowledging this growing challenge, the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) Libraries are exploring multiple alternative models to fund the quality scholarship published by our faculty. UTA's Coalition for Alternative Resources in Education for Students (CARES) grant program provides up to $5000 in grant funding to support projects at UTA that advance the practice of open education.

Through this program, UTA Libraries join colleagues at other academic libraries and universities in partnering with faculty to support the adoption and creation of open educational resources (OER). OER can reduce financial barriers that may impede student success, while open pedagogy can transform the educational experience for both teachers and students.

Incorporating open practices such as these into teaching and learning drives innovation, collaboration, and creativity. The UTA CARES grant program catalyzes growth in these areas by supporting the adoption, adaptation, and creation of OER and the implementation of open pedagogy projects.

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Duration: 05/2017 - Present

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Scope: Affordable course content, including cost-free course content and OER

Primary OER Strategy: OER Adoption

Secondary OER Strategies: OER Review/Assessment, OER Adaptation, OER Publication, OER Research, OER Curation, OER Awareness, OER Pedagogy

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Total Program Funding to Date: $ 20,000

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Conditions: Recipients are required to openly license and freely share resources created or adapted

Point of Contact

Michelle Reed
Open Education Librarian