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Textbook Hero Video Series: Episode Four

by Michelle Reed Nov 30 2017 - 9:37am 0 comments
Open is for everyone

UTA Libraries’ Textbook Hero video series showcases educators who have adopted open educational resources or other affordable course content, which reduces barriers to education.

Dr. Bonnie Boardman, featured in episode four, replaced a traditional textbook with video tutorials and problem sets available through Lynda.com, which allowed her to flip her classroom into a lecture-free, active-learning space. Content available through Lynda is fully protected by copyright and, therefore, is not remix and revisable in the way open educational resources are; however, the university’s...

Textbook Hero Video Series: Episode Three

by Michelle Reed Oct 20 2017 - 1:13pm 0 comments
Open is for everyone

UTA Libraries’ Textbook Hero video series showcases educators who have adopted open educational resources or other affordable course content, which reduces barriers to education. Faculty and staff from UTA's Department of History, featured in episode three, have saved UTA students over $388,700 since Summer 2016 by using an open textbook published by OpenStax in all online sections of two introductory history courses.

Textbook Hero Video Series: Episode Two

by Michelle Reed Sep 27 2017 - 9:00pm 0 comments
Open is for everyone

UTA Libraries’ Textbook Hero video series showcases educators who have adopted open educational resources or other affordable course content, which reduces barriers to education. Dr. Allan Saxe, featured in episode two, has saved UTA students over $561,000 since Fall 2010 by using public domain materials in his courses.

Textbook Hero Video Series: Episode One

by Michelle Reed Sep 21 2017 - 5:02pm 0 comments
Open is for everyone

This week, Inside Higher Ed reported on a survey that linked high textbook costs in higher education to poor grades. The research, commissioned by an e-textbook provider, supports a growing body of evidence that suggests the use of open and affordable course resources can positively impact student success, resulting in higher course grades and lower drop, failure, and withdrawal rates.

Anecdotal evidence collected over the last year at the University of Texas at Arlington confirms that the high, and frequently surprising, cost of course resources poses a significant barrier to our...

Building Community: Reflections on Conference Going

by Michelle Reed Jun 29 2017 - 9:44am 0 comments
OpenCon2017

This week applications opened for OpenCon 2017, which will take place November 11-13 in Berlin, Germany. OpenCon, now in its fourth year, is an annual conference intended to empower students and early career professionals to advance open initiatives in scholarly publishing, data, and education. Last year the organizing committee received over 10,000 applications from 176 countries. In November, 230 of those applicants, representing 60 countries, gathered together for three days in Washington, DC. Many others attended virtually, and over 30 satellite events were hosted around the world....

Pioneer of Open Education Presents at UTA

by Michelle Reed Jun 21 2017 - 7:16pm 0 comments
David Wiley presents at UTA Libraries

Yesterday UTA Libraries in partnership with the LINK Research Lab welcomed Dr. David Wiley, a pioneer of open education, to campus for a public presentation held in the Central Library.

The event kicked off with an announcement about the UTA CARES grant program, sponsored by the Libraries, which recently awarded its first round of grants in support of projects that further open education at UTA. In 2017, the Libraries awarded four grants to Dr. Sharareh Kermanshachi (Civil Engineering), Bret Lathwell (Sociology), Dr. Mohan Pant (Curriculum and Instruction), and Alicia Soueid (Modern...

Calling All Textbook Heroes

by Michelle Reed May 5 2017 - 1:21pm 0 comments
Textbook Hero

During Open Education Week, an international celebration of the impact open education has on teaching and learning, UTA Libraries asked students to nominate a Textbook Hero for a chance to win a $50 gift card. Our Textbook Heroes are teachers whose thoughtful selection of free or low-cost educational resources has a positive impact on UTA students. We’re excited to announce that Ellen Dinh is our first gift card winner for her nomination of Dr. Jonathan Abel.

Dr. Abel uses U.S. History, an open textbook published by OpenStax, in his History 1311 and 1312 courses. The digital version...

An Open Letter to UTA Students

by Michelle Reed Mar 30 2017 - 11:28pm 0 comments
Open Education Week Poster

Hi there,

If I could take a moment to introduce myself. I’m Michelle. I’m your Open Education Librarian, and I joined the team at UTA Libraries about six months ago to save you money. I’ve asked you what you think about textbooks, and I want you to know that we hear you. Textbook costs are a problem. We have a solution. It’s called open educational resources (OER). If you’ve been in the University Center this week, you may have seen some of them. They’re free textbooks, essentially, but they look a lot like the ones you pay hundreds of dollars for. If you like the sound of that,...

UTA Libraries Join Institutions across the Globe in Celebrating Open Education

by Michelle Reed Mar 16 2017 - 2:57pm 0 comments
Open Education Week 2017

In celebration of Open Education Week, UTA Libraries will host a series of events for faculty, staff, and students intended to raise awareness of open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices at UTA. Additionally, stop by the E.H. Hereford University Center anytime during the week of March 27-31 to check out our Open Education Week display, which features Textbook Heroes who are leveraging open resources to reduce textbook costs for UTA students.

Monday, March 27

We’ll kick off Open Education Week with an opportunity for students to speak out about textbooks. Take...