Open Education Texas Convening

When: 08/07/2019 1:00 PM — 4:30 PM
Where: Hilton Austin Airport Hotel 9515 Hotel Drive Austin, TX 78719

The Open Education Texas convening offered insight into OER policy and practice at the state and national levels and showcased findings from the OER in Texas Higher Education Landscape Survey.  OER has the capacity to contribute to cost savings for students and can support learning outcomes. Such potential benefits make OER a promising strategy to help meet the goals of the Texas higher education plan, 60x30TX

OER Texas Report


Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The National Landscape of OER in Higher Education

Overview of Texas OER Legislation and Related Activities

  • Dr. Kylah Torre, THECB 

Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Landscape of Open Educational Resources at Texas Institutions of Higher Education

  • Dr. Cynthia Jimes, Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME)

OpenStax in Texas

  • Daniel Williamson, OpenStax

Breakout Session One – Showcase of OER Best Practices in Texas
Panola College
Eyes Wide OPEN - This presentation shared the timeline for implementation of OER at Panola College. It included the lessons learned and current landscape of implementation.

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Open Education at the Island University - The presenter reviewed the last two years of activities relating to Open Education at TAMU-CC, which included the creation of a campus-wide task force and a number of initiatives aimed mainly at faculty and student education on open educational resources.

Austin Community College
Growing Open Educational Resources Across Austin Community College’s Multi-Campus District - In the last three years, more than 31,000 ACC students have enrolled in courses using OER resources.  

University of Texas at Arlington
Supporting OER Creation - In this presentation, a library publisher discussed factors that drive instructor engagement with OER and policies, processes, and platforms necessary to support OER creation.

Houston Community College 
OER at HCC - The presenters provided an overview of OER activities at Houston Community College.

Texas Woman’s University
Scaling OER at Texas Woman’s University: Navigating Multiple Campus Partners in Your OER Initiative - TWU Libraries sought strategic campus partnerships to help design, financially support, and promote campus programming and other incentives. The partnership served as a tool to break down campus silos and form impactful collaborations, with long-lasting implications beyond the realm of OER.

Breakout Session Two – Showcase of OER Best Practices in Texas
Central Texas College, Killeen
OER Courses: Planning Through Evaluation and Beyond - This presentation highlighted CTC’s journey, from dirt road to freeway with a few potholes and detours thrown in, in developing OER courses. It concluded with an analysis of faculty and student surveys for Spring Semester 2019.

University of North Texas
Encouraging Adoption, Adaptation, and Creation of OER at UNT - The UNT Libraries has taken the lead on two programs designed to encourage adoption, adaptation, and creation of OER at UNT: OER Summer Grants and UNT Open Texts.

University of Texas at San Antonio
Raising Student Awareness of OER at UTSA: Crowdfunding, Course Tags & More - The UTSA Libraries’ focus is shifting to sustainability: creating an environment that fosters a lasting model for OER to thrive. Presenters shared information on their student crowdfunding project, implementation of a course search filter, and more strategies for raising student awareness.

Northeast Lakeview College
Supporting a College’s Efforts With OER and No Additional Cost – Right From the Start - The district was selected to participate in a grant from Achieving the Dream in developing OER associate degrees. This presentation provided an overview of the foundational and quality assessment processes that supported NLC’s OER/NAC program through ACCD.

Tarrant County College District
One College, Many OER Options: Tarrant County College’s Approach to OER – Presenters discussed collaboration among faculty, librarians, and administration and some of the creative ways they have been able to bring down the price of textbooks to promote learning at Tarrant County College.

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 
Getting Started With OER: How to Implement a Successful Pilot - This presentation focused on best practices for pilot programs, and covered planning, organizing, training, collecting data, and what to avoid. Attendees were given practical advice obtained through experience in implementing a successful OER pilot.

San Jacinto College
Educating With Open Books - This presentation shared how San Jacinto College involved faculty and expanded Open Books course offerings while continuing to focus on both student success and the creation of an equitable learning environment.

Tarleton State University
Tarleton State University’s Inaugural OER Faculty Grant Program - The presenters provided a brief overview of Tarleton’s first OER grant program administered Spring 2019 with some details on the development, promotion, and selection of awardees. They also shared insights into the resources used and timeline from inception to orientation for grant recipients.

Texas Digital Library
Setting a Statewide OER agenda: Lessons From the 2018 Texas OER Summit - Last year, the Texas Digital Library (TDL) and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission convened a statewide symposium to discuss priorities for statewide action on OER. The committee that planned that event continued work after the meeting to synthesize and build on the priorities and ideas surfaced during the summit, culminating in a report and white paper. This presentation summarized that report’s findings. 

Funding Possibilities for OER & Closing Remarks

  • Heather A. Marsh, Texas Higher Education Foundation
  • Dr. Judith Sebesta, DigiTex
  • Dr. Kylah Torre, THECB