UTRGV's Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) provides collective conversations on teaching and learning as a public practice where faculty, staff, students, administrators, and community partners learn from each other to create more inclusive and equitable spaces of teaching and learning that transcend boundaries.
The University Library has partnered with CTE to provide conversations on various topics including Open Educational Resources, Open Educational Practices, and course implementation. If there are topics you would like presented at the Center for Teaching Excellence, or if you would like to submit a joint presentation of your work in OER please reach out to Gabby Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finding Affordable Digital Course Materials
Open Educational Resources: Adoption, Design, and Course Implementation
Welcome to Texas Learn OER! Your learning includes a series of self-paced online learning modules. The first nine modules will serve as an introduction to open educational resources (OER) and as an opportunity for further exploration and discovery of open education practices. The tenth module serves as a final assessment of your learning. Throughout the modules, there are opportunities for you to test your knowledge and further explore a concept. The modules allow you to learn at your own pace.
The OER Starter Kit Workbook is a remix of the OER Starter Kit to include worksheets to help instructors practice the skills they need to confidently find, use, or even create open educational resources (OER). We welcome instructors, librarians, instructional designers, administrators, and anyone else interested in OER to explore the OER Starter Kit Workbook.
This course provides faculty with an introduction to the laws that influence the use, re-use, and distribution of content they may want to use in a course. Activities include finding openly licensed content for use in a class and publishing openly licensed works created by faculty. At the end of the course, students will have openly licensed content that will be ready for use in a course.
The University Library is hosting regular professional development opportunities for faculty. Open Conversations is a series where attendees will get a chance to learn about various Open Education topics and discuss how these topics can be implemented into their daily practices.
Fall 2022 Topics
- Student Engagement | November 10th at 10 am
- In this conversation, we will be discussing how textbook alternatives, such as Open Educational Resources, and open teaching practices can help increase student engagement. Topics of conversation can include, student access to course materials, flipped classroom models, renewable assignments, open pedagogical practices, and more.
- Click here to register!
Rebus Community and the Open Education Network bring you "Office Hours," a monthly webinar series that tackles complex questions in open textbook publishing and community engagement. Guest speakers share a range of experiences and insights, followed by a Q&A session in which participants can pose specific queries on the themes at hand.
The Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) promotes the awareness and adoption of open educational policies, practices, and resources.
Open Oregon Educational Resources promotes textbook affordability for community college and university students, and facilitates widespread adoption of open, low-cost, high-quality materials.
We are an active community of higher education leaders that works together to build sustainable open education programs. The programs are designed to ignite, support, and sustain the needs of our community.
Bc Campus has a primary focus to support the post-secondary institutions of British Columbia as they adopt, adapt, and evolve their teaching and learning practices to create a better experience for students.
Reading about Open Education
In 2019, DigiTex began partnering with the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to conduct a biennial survey on OER programs, policies, and practices at postsecondary institutions across the state. The second survey, conducted in 2021, informed our most recent report, Advancing an Ecosystem for Open Educational Resources. With 111 colleges and universities responding, analyses of the survey data — and a comparison to data from Open Educational Resources (OER) in Texas Higher Education (2019) — reveal an ever-expanding OER landscape in Texas and help inform future statewide activities to support Open Education.
Best Practices in Texas Digital Higher Education: Creating and Adopting Open Educational Resources at Colleges and Universities Across the State
This new resource showcases three excellent examples of OER usage across the state of Texas including two different textbook projects, one individually authored and one produced through group collaboration, and a new medical program that is incorporating OER into its curriculum from the ground up. As you seek to promote and adopt OER at your own institution, we hope that you will find this resource useful.
The aim of IJOER is to provide a venue for the publication of quality academic research with an emphasis on representing Open Educational Resources in teaching, learning, scholarship, and policy.
The Open Education Group is an interdisciplinary research group that (1) conducts original, rigorous, empirical research on the impact of OER adoption on a range of educational outcomes and (2) designs and shares methodological and conceptual frameworks for studying the impact of OER adoption. We also teach courses in topics relating to open education.
The Digital Higher Education Consortium of Texas provides members with access to research and emerging best practices in technology-enhanced education. It also helps members identify and implement innovative solutions that will make higher education more affordable and accessible for all Texans.
The Open Education Network (OEN) is a vibrant and supportive community that advances the use of open educational resources and practices. Members benefit from and contribute to the global open education ecosystem.
This book represents a starting point towards curating and centering marginal voices and non-dominant epistemic stances in open education. It includes the work of 43 diverse authors whose perspectives challenge the dominant hegemony.
A Guide for Authors, Adapters & Adopters of Openly Licensed Teaching and Learning Materials.
A collection of readings on open education with commentary. Created for IPT 515R Introduction to Open Education, a graduate course at Brigham Young University.
SPARC members-only listserv
If you would like to be added to the listserv, simply email Scholarly Communications Librarian Justin White (email@example.com)
SPARC Libraries & OER Forum (LibOER)
To join this email group, click here. You need to be signed into a Google Account to see the “ask to join group'' button at the top of the page and join the email list.
Texas OER Community (Higher Ed)
To join this email group, click here. You need to be signed in to a Google Account to see the “ask to join group” button at the top of the page and join the email list.
To join this email group, click here. You will be asked to fill out a Google Form and then you will be added to the group. You can also search the archive of past discussions here.
OE Global Connect
To join this community space, click here. You can make an account using the “sign up” button at the top of the page.
Open Texas Conference
The second annual Open Texas conference will again convene librarians, faculty, administrators, and other open education practitioners and advocates in Texas and beyond. The 2022 conference will be held fully online from September 21 - 23, 2022.
This year’s conference theme, "The Labor of Open Education," invites participants to reflect on the work, creativity, art, and science of open education.
Open Texas 2022 session recordings will be available to view here soon!
Open Education Conference
The Open Education Conference is an annual convening for sharing and learning about open educational resources, open pedagogy, and open education initiatives. This dynamic gathering celebrates the core values of open education that strive to realize education ecosystems that are accessible, affordable, equitable and inclusive to everyone, regardless of their background.
Building on a seventeen-year history, the conference is in the process of redesigning itself through a community-driven planning process, guided by a Steering Committee and organizing partnership.
The Open Ed 2022 session recordings will be available to view here soon!
The Textbook Affordability Project has presented at multiple conferences over the last few years. If you would like the opportunity to present your work in open education you can email Gabby Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org