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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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Overview

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). Additionally, we provide access to and support for Pressbooks EDU, highlight and share stories of early adopters (Textbook Heroes video series), facilitate the marking of open and affordable resource use in the university's schedule of classes, host community meetings, and lead other outreach activities.

UTA CARES (Coalition for Alternative Resources in Education for Students) was established in the 2017-18 academic year. The Coalition is comprised of faculty, staff, and students who are invested in reducing the cost of education for UTA students. OER provide an effective way to both reduce financial barriers to student success and transform learning experiences.

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OER Programs

Open Education Librarian

This librarian leads the development and promotion of open educational resources (OER) within the Scholarly Communications Division of the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) Libraries. Additional key responsibilities include partnering with faculty and students from across the campus on issues related to scholarly communication, research, data management, community building, and knowledge sharing. This work requires partnering with subject matter experts, including liaison librarians, colleagues within the Scholarly Communications Division, faculty members across campus, and other campus personnel. This librarian works with the Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communications and colleagues within this division to develop strategic priorities, professional development plans, and projects that aid liaison librarians to partner on creation and promotion of OER. This librarian also has liaison librarian responsibilities in assigned discipline areas (dependent on incumbent’s experience and organizational priorities).

Duration: 09/2016 - Present

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

Primary OER Strategy: OER Awareness

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

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Job Description

UTA CARES Grant Program

As colleges and universities across the country seek ways to make education more affordable and increase student success, a growing number of educators are adopting open educational resources (OER). OER are free teaching and learning materials that are licensed to allow for revision and reuse The cost of commercial textbooks and other resource packages, which has been rising at an unsustainable rate for decades, demands exploration of alternative publishing models. Teachers, authors, and other stakeholders have responded, resulting in a large corpus of educational materials suitable for courses at a variety of levels in nearly every discipline.

The UTA CARES Grant Program, sponsored by UTA Libraries, was established in 2017 to support educators interested in practicing open education through the adoption of OER and, when no suitable open resource is available, through the creation of new OER or the adoption of library-licensed or other free content. Additionally, the program promotes innovation in teaching and learning through the exploration of open educational practices, such as collaborating with students to produce educational content of value to a wider community.

Funding is awarded in three categories:

Adoption Stipend ($1,000 each)
Scale Grant (up to $5,000)
Innovation Grant (up to $10,000)

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Duration: 05/2017 - Present

Program Webpage: http://libguides.uta.edu/utacares/grants

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

Primary OER Strategy: OER Adoption

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

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Total Program Funding to Date: $ 35,000

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

Total amount of incentive grants awarded to date: $ 35,000

Total number of incentive grants awarded to date: 14

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MOU for Participants



Point of Contact

Michelle Reed
Open Education Librarian
@LibrariansReed