Session 2H | Equal partners: Expectations, milestones and division of labor in UT Austin’s Open Education Fellows program




Rhodes, Diane
Frank, Josh
Morrison, Ashley

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Texas Digital Library


This year, the University of Texas Libraries (UTL) piloted the Open Education Fellows program, which offers UT Austin faculty financial support and professional development as they adopt or develop OER in a cohort-centered experience. The six faculty members selected participated in discussions, presentations, and consultations to offer timely support as they converted their courses to no-cost materials. Beyond what was planned, UTL embraced the nature of a pilot by flexibly identifying new support opportunities to meet the needs of projects. Attendees will receive a program overview and pilot insights from the program coordinator and will hear from two Fellows about their experiences, outcomes, and greatest support needs as they adopt or develop OER. Dr. Joshua Frank, Assistant Professor of Instruction in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, will discuss his experience co-authoring an open textbook on Business in Hispanic Life and Culture. Dr. Diane Rhodes, Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work, will share her journey adopting OER for the course “The Practice of Social Work in Organizations and Communities.”