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OER Working Group

UT Austin OER Working Group

The OER Working Group brings together staff, faculty, and students affiliated with UT Austin who share an interest in advancing the awareness, adoption, and/or creation of open educational resources (OER) on campus. 

This group meets monthly, with additional meetings as needed to accomplish specific tasks or initiatives identified by the group. Non-members are also welcome to join the monthly group meetings as they wish; please contact ashley.morrison@austin.utexas.edu to inquire about upcoming agendas or invitations. 

Activities of the group include: 

  • Planning & delivering professional development, including workshops and training, for faculty and staff on topics related to OER

  • Creating programs to support or incentivize faculty in the adoption or creation of OER

  • Outreach to campus partners and faculty, including tabling and presentations

  • Developing proposals for campus policy to support the adoption or creation of OER

  • Partnering with student leaders and activists to advocate for greater OER adoption on campus

  • Other tasks and initiatives as identified by the group, including occasional initiatives focused on other types of free and affordable course materials

Group members commit to initial two-year terms on the working group, with the option to renew for one-year periods after that as desired. The average time commitment fluctuates depending on the current initiatives of the group, but it is typically less than 5 hours per month. 

We invite new members to join us every 6 months. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Ashley Morrison, Tocker Open Education Librarian, at ashley.morrison@austin.utexas.edu

Current Members

Current members (Fall 2021) of the OER Working Group include: 

  • Gina Bastone, UT Libraries
  • Sarah Brandt, UT Libraries
  • Hannah Chapman Tripp, UT Libraries
  • Shavonne Coleman, Faculty Innovation Center
  • Lydia Fletcher, UT Libraries
  • Colleen Lyon, UT Libraries
  • Theresa Martines, Department of Mathematics
  • Jocelly Meiners, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
  • Ashley Morrison, UT Libraries
  • Rohit Prasad, Natural Sciences Council
  • Sarah Sweeney, Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning

Join the OER Interest List

Stay in the know about OER at UT Austin by joining our email interest list. We'll keep you informed about upcoming workshops, new programs on campus and in the state, and other news you can use. 

Sign up here. 

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