Open Educational Resources (OER)
As colleges and universities across the country seek ways to make education more affordable and increase student success, a growing number of educators are adopting open educational resources (OER). OER The cost of commercial textbooks and other resource packages, which has been rising at an unsustainable rate for decades, demands exploration of alternative publishing models. Teachers, authors, and other stakeholders have responded, resulting in a large corpus of educational materials suitable for courses at a variety of levels in nearly every discipline.
The UTA CARES Grant Program, sponsored by UTA Libraries, was established in 2017 to support educators interested in practicing open education through the adoption of OER and, when no suitable open resource is available, through the creation of new OER or the adoption of library-licensed or other free content. Additionally, the program promotes innovation in teaching and learning through the exploration of open educational practices, such as collaborating with students to produce educational content of value to a wider community.
This collection contains OER created by UTA faculty, staff, and students. Items in this collection that received financial support from the UTA CARES Grant Program will be noted as such.
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(2019-03)As educational resources are increasingly offered online, students are doing more reading on digital devices. How can educators encourage meaningful engagement with these digital texts? How can we facilitate discourse ...
(2019-03)In this hands-on session, we’ll review examples of OER created using Pressbooks and explore features of the web-based publishing platform, including importing and exporting content, cloning, adding images, formatting text, ...
(2019-03)We’ll define open educational resources (OER), examine the impact of OER use in higher education, discuss copyright and open licensing, and explore avenues for identifying existing OER that can be remixed and reused. The ...
(2019-03-07)Open Education Day at UTA event was co-sponsored by UTA Libraries and the Center for Research on Teaching and Learning Excellence on March 7, 2019.
Creating Online Learning Experiences: A Brief Guide to Online Courses, from Small and Private to Massive and Open (Mavs Open Press, 2018-06-22)The process of designing online courses often focuses on the methodology of taking certain steps to produce a product (the course). We feel that learning should be an experience more than a place run by a person constrained ...
Analysis and Assessment of Graduate Students’ Perception and Academic Performance Using Open Educational Resource (OER) Course Materials (ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, 2018)Dr. Kermanshachi presented a conference paper about her UTA CARES grant project at the 2018 Annual American Society for Engineering Education Conference. She was also awarded a 2018-19 OER Research Fellowship from the Open ...
Final Report: Development of Web-Based Interactive Educational System Replacing the Traditional Textbook Based Instructional Approach (2018)Dr. Sharareh Kermanshachi, Assistant Professor in UTA's Department of Civil Engineering, received a UTA CARES grant in 2017. The grant supported creation of an OER to replace the commercial textbook previously used in a ...