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When an African American Lit. Scholar & Computer Scientist Collaborate: #TheJayZMixtape

by Peace Ossom Williamson Apr 3 2018 - 11:16am
Kenton Rambsy Headshot

by guest contributor Kenton Rambsy, Assistant Professor of African American Literature and Digital Humanities, UTA College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Rambsy is chronicling his research partnerships with UTA Libraries in a series of blog posts. This is post #1.

 

What kinds of exciting creations might a collaboration between an African American literature professor and computer science graduate student yield? I was interested in finding out.  

 

Last year, I collaborated on a project with Saif Sayed, a PhD candidate in Deep Learning...

Open Education Grant Program Now Accepting Proposals

by Michelle Reed Feb 7 2018 - 2:48pm
Sign that reads "Come in, We're Open"

UTA Libraries are now accepting proposals for the UTA CARES Grant Program. Funding of up to $10,000 per project is available to support work that advances the practice of open education. Applications will be accepted in three categories until March 19.

UTA will save students over $168,000 in Spring 2018 due to the use of open educational resources (OER) and other free materials in place of high-cost, commercial textbooks and bundles. UTA faculty who have transitioned to these types of resources spoke about their experiences in the Libraries’ Textbook Hero Video Series.

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Mythbusting 101: Reflecting on a Year of Open

by Michelle Reed Dec 21 2017 - 4:16pm
Year of Open 2017

Earlier this year, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) published “OER Mythbusting.” The document identifies seven common myths related to open educational resources (OER) and presents facts to counter the myths. In my discussions with UTA faculty and administrators about OER over the past year, I’ve been asked to address a few of the myths in multiple conversations. Below I’ll discuss these and others I’ve encountered in my time at UTA.

“OER are just free resources.”

Conflating free and open is incredibly common. However, the distinction is important....

Textbook Hero Video Series: Episode Three

by Michelle Reed Oct 20 2017 - 1:13pm
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
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
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...

Calling All Textbook Heroes

by Michelle Reed May 5 2017 - 1:21pm
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
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,...