Moving Beyond OER Awareness: A Fellowship Approach to Supporting Faculty Who are Ready to Adopt or Author OER




Walter, Heather

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Texas Digital Library


The need to support faculty who are adopting or creating OER is tantamount to growing a student-focused Open Education program. UT Austin is committed to providing faculty with opportunities to engage within the Open Education community, as well as to increase the amount of OER available to students. To that end, UT Austin libraries established the Open Education Fellowship, a stipend-supported fellowship in which selected faculty adopt or create OER for use in their coursework. As part of the OE Fellowship, UT Austin faculty commit to fully flipping their course from requiring paid materials to exclusively utilizing OER, thus rendering their course cost-free for students. In this presentation, attendees will learn about the Open Education Fellowship–its creation, funding sources, program schedules, and view sample work created by fellows. Attendees will leave the presentation with concrete ideas and resources to begin or grow a similar program at their own institutions, including ideas on how to market such programs, how to support participating faculty, how to overcome potential obstacles, and celebrate successes.


TCDL 2024 Session 8C, Thursday, 5/23/2024, 10:15 am to 11:15 am | Moderated by Karina Franco, University of Texas at San Antonio | Presentation | Scholarly Communications