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Global Virtual Exchange Faculty Workshop

Information Privilege

Information costs money.

UT spends more on collections, both print and electronic, than all but 9 other university libraries in the US. This means most of your partner institutions will not have access to the type and breadth of research our students do. 

Librarians can work with you to engage students on this topic. We confront the underlying assumptions that students today have about access to information. Giving students the opportunity to question their privilege and what role that plays in education and in democracies is transformational knowledge.

Open in the global virtual exchange

There are several learning outcomes that may inspire you to lean on Open resources. When you work with a librarian, we can help you prioritize the use of Open Access materials or Open Educational Resources.

We can support you pedagogically in an approach wherein the students create the OER. This process invests students in the process of education in a teach the teacher or peer learning model. This model can be evolving as future students make edits and build upon previous iterations.

Reaching out to your partner institution to tailor a list of Open materials, or to collaborate on the creation of a OER tailored to your course goals would benefit your students and beyond.  

We can easily link to OERs useful to your course in any course guide we tailor for you.

We can host OERs and other open access materials on our institutional repository, Texas ScholarWorks. Other platforms to consider are MERLOT and OER Commons.

What about our library collections and subscriptions?

It may be possible to get the students in your partner's class access to our subscriptions. The process takes two weeks on our end and requires that students already have a high assurance EIDs and passwords. Most folks without 'upgraded EIDs' (these are the type of EIDs that you we as faculty, staff and students have) do not need two factor authentication since DUO is not available to them. 

Since our subscriptions are covered by the academic license of the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), we advise that you use proxy links to electronic resources in your canvas site (as opposed to uploading articles, etc.).

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