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Libraries Launch Authoring Platform, Publish First OER

by Michelle Reed Jun 22 2018 - 4:07pm
Book cover for Creating Online Learning Experiences

Like many organizations supporting the use of open educational resources (OER) in higher education, UTA Libraries recently invested in PressbooksEDU to assist faculty and staff interested in creating or modifying OER. This week, we published the first OER in our catalog under the Mavs Open Press imprint.

“I am really excited to have our open book published with UTA,” said Dr. Matt Crosslin, lead author of Creating Online Learning Experiences: A Brief Guide to Online Courses, from Small and Private to Massive and Open. “Michelle and her team at the library have been incredibly...

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...

The Semester You Learn to Walk (a lecture)

by Michelle Reed Mar 6 2018 - 8:28am
Photo of Ursula Abdala

This student-authored post is part of UTA Libraries’ Open Education Week celebration. It was written by Ursula Abdala. If you’re a UTA student interested in contributing a blog post related to educational resources, contact Michelle Reed.

You start a semester with 700 dollars from working all through winter break.

365 (rent) 165 (parking on campus) 105 (car insurance) 10 (month supply of instant noodles)

I’ll save you the trouble of doing math: by the first day of classes, you actually have 55 dollars to last until the next paycheck. None of the books you need for class will...

Open Education Week at UTA: Events for Teachers

by Michelle Reed Feb 14 2018 - 1:43pm
Open Education Week 2018

During Open Education Week, UTA CARES will offer a number of events in support of UTA educators interested in exploring all that open education has to offer.

 

  Open Office Hours

 

Stop by Central Library B20 with your syllabus for...

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.

To...

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....

How Keeping the 'Net Neutral Helps Libraries and You

by Peace Ossom Williamson Dec 5 2017 - 3:41pm
Cracked Wifi Icon

A note on the blog post title: The net in "net neutrality" is actually short for network, but the phrase in its current use is centered on the internet. To speak in favor of net neutrality, email your members of Congress using this form or fax or mail a letter using resistbot.io. It takes no time at all.

 

Here's what is happening: Ajit Pai, a former Verizon attorney and the current Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced a proposal in May to roll back FCC protections of net neutrality, and this proposal will go up for a vote among the five FCC...

Textbook Hero Video Series: Episode Four

by Michelle Reed Nov 30 2017 - 9:37am
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
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...

UTA Libraries Creates Mavs Open Press to Offer No-Cost Publishing Service

by Jody Bailey Jul 5 2017 - 4:14pm
photo of Jody Bailey
The Problem

In the past few decades, authors, editors, and publishers of academic journals have witnessed dramatic changes in the scholarly publishing environment. The days of small, nonprofit societies publishing print-only journals are long gone (with a few exceptions), and for-profit, commercial publishers have taken over the market, with many adverse consequences. In 1973 Elsevier (part of the RELX Group), Wiley-Blackwell, Springer Publishing, Taylor & Francis Group, and Sage Publications collectively published approximately 20% of journal articles across all disciplines; these...

Building Community: Reflections on Conference Going

by Michelle Reed Jun 29 2017 - 9:44am
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
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
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...

UTA Libraries Join Institutions across the Globe in Celebrating Open Education

by Michelle Reed Mar 16 2017 - 2:57pm
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...