Texas Digital Library is expanding our services to include support for Open Educational Resources (OER). Driven by initiatives to increase the adoption of OER from across our consortium of academic libraries, TDL is responding to the needs of our members as well as the needs of Texas higher education students to meet their scholarly and financial challenges.
ABOUT THE OER AMBASSADORS
TDL’s OER Ambassadors have committed to serve for a minimum of two years by developing a Community of Practice around OER and becoming a source of expertise for all consortium members. The Ambassadors will begin meeting monthly starting in July 2020, after completion of the online Open Textbook Network Summer Institute.
- Rusty Kimball, Science & Engineering Librarian / Leader of Open Access for Student Educational Success, Texas A&M University
- Lisa Louis, Head, Research & Learning, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
- Laura Heinz, OER and Instruction Assessment Librarian, Texas Tech University
- Amanda Zerangue, Manager of Digital Services and Scholarly Communication Librarian, Texas Woman’s University
- Ashley Morrison, Tocker Open Education Librarian, University of Texas at Austin
- DeeAnn Ivie, OER Coordinator, University of Texas at San Antonio
- Taylor Fairweather-Leitch, Scholarly Communications Librarian, West Texas A&M University
OER Ambassadors will be expected to:
- Attend the OTN Summer Institute (travel and lodging paid) at the University of Minnesota
- attend Ambassador meetings (virtual)
- support TDL members with OER and OTN questions via listserv and/or web conference
- help create shared OER-related resources for TDL members
- support other consortium members with OTN workshops
- participate in the OTN publishing co-op, and coordinate work in Scribe on behalf of the consortium
The OER Ambassadors are developing resources related to two critical areas for professionals working with open educational resources:
- Assessment Toolkit Working Group: This working group is developing an academic calendar related to assessment for OER and aligned with faculty activities as well as templates for outreach.
- Course Markings Guide Working Group: This working group is developing guides for implementing the state-legislated course markings requirements for Texas institutions. Our members at UT Arlington have an excellent resource about course markings here.
If you are interested in joining TDL’s OER communities, sign up for the Texas OER Community for Higher Education Google Group, TDL’s OER listserv firstname.lastname@example.org, and TDL’s e-newsletter to stay up-to-date.
If you have any questions or suggestions please email Texas Digital Library at email@example.com.