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UTA Libraries Join Institutions across the Globe in Celebrating Open Education

by Michelle Reed March 16, 2017
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 a look at the glass walls in the Central Library foyer as you’re passing through! We’ll collect student feedback all week.  

Tuesday, March 28

We’ll continue our conversation about Sara Goldrick-Rab’s important book on college affordability, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream. We meet 3-4 p.m. in Central Library (Room B04). All are welcome.

Wednesday, March 29

UTA Libraries’ Open Education Librarian, Michelle Reed, will join other OER advocates for a webcast sponsored by SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition). “Successful OER Adoption Models: Academic Libraries Leading the Way” will explore different ways librarians are contributing to affordability efforts on their campuses. The webcast is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Sign up here.

Thursday, March 30

Teaching faculty and graduate students are encouraged to join us for a workshop about building assignments that rely on open data and promote open sharing of information. During this hands-on workshop, we’ll discuss open pedagogy as a practice that increases student engagement, explore tools that support collaboration and sharing, and walk through an example of a reproducibility and data visualization project appropriate for undergraduate students. “From Open Data to Open Pedagogy: An Introduction to Integrating Open Practices into the Classroom” will take place 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in Central Library (Room B20). Lunch will be served. Please RSVP by Friday, March 24. Space is limited.

Friday, March 31

Stop by the UTA Libraries' FabLab on the first floor of the Central Library between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. for sweet treats and an opportunity to compare OER with their traditional counterparts. Plus, nominate a Textbook Hero for a chance to win a special prize. It’s a celebration, so we’ll have cake. Cake and knowledge. Join us!

Happy Open Education Week!