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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
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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
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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
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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...

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...