OER Community of Practice Meet-Ups
Explore, experiment, and create with fellow UT faculty, graduate students, and staff as we engage with principles of open pedagogy and the creation and use of OER in a flexible co-working environment. This is a space to brainstorm, ask questions, consult with specialists, and collaborate across organizational and disciplinary silos. Come and go ask you please. Light refreshments will be provided.
Toward a More Inclusive Classroom: Open Pedagogy
November 7th, PCL Learning Lab 4 from 9:00am-12:30pm
Join us for a discussion on implementing open pedagogical practices in the classroom, enabling student-driven learning opportunities, and using open educational resources in your instruction. We’ll hear from a panel of UT faculty who have adopted open pedagogy in their approach to teaching, get a demo of the open web annotation tool, Hypothesis, and provide opportunities for dialogue among attendees. We are limiting enrollment to 25 people to allow for meaningful engagement. Breakfast will be provided.
SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) defines Open Educational Resources (OERs) as teaching, learning and research resources released under an open license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OERs can be textbooks, full courses, lesson plans, videos, tests, software, or any other tool, material, or technique that supports access to knowledge.
Using OER in the classroom presents a unique opportunity to customize your courses and get your students more involved in their own learning.
Required materials, like textbooks, can represent a significant cost to students. Textbook prices have increased over 1,000% since 1977, or more than 3 times the rate of inflation (Bureau of Labor Statistics data, 2015).
According to research on open textbook pilots conducted by Student PIRGs (Open Textbooks: the Billion Dollar Solution, 2015):
Instructors can directly influence the cost of education for their students by adopting low- or no-cost course materials.
If you are unsure of how to talk to students, faculty, or administrators about OER, please review our helpful talking points document.
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