SEPTEMBER 22, 2022 — UTSA Libraries awarded 13 Adopt-a-Free-Textbook grants to UTSA faculty for the 2022-23 academic year that will save students nearly $206,000. These grants will support and enable faculty to adopt or create free or Open Educational Resources (OER) textbooks as the primary textbooks in their courses.
OER are materials in any format that give faculty the freedom to tailor the content while ensuring free and continuous access for students after a course ends. A nonprofit organization, Creative Commons, licenses the materials with the goal of increasing the number of creative works available for others to find, legally modify and share.
“It is our pleasure to provide faculty with an opportunity to integrate free textbooks into their courses,” said Dean Hendrix, UTSA vice provost and University Librarian. “We are thankful to our many campus partners who assist, advise, guide, advocate and support faculty who choose to add OER to their course curricula. Each year, our collaborative work has an impact on thousands of UTSA students by helping them overcome cost hurdles so that they may focus on learning. This boosts course completion rates and makes graduation more attainable.”
From left to right, the group of Morgan Grace, Kathleen Laborde, Judith Dones and Alyssa Vikesland of University College were awarded a Design grant. They all teach Academic Inquiry and Scholarship, which is a core curriculum course.
Since launching the OER effort in 2016, UTSA Libraries has awarded 138 grants, realizing a cost savings of over $10 million for students.
“Ten million is no small number. These savings have truly helped level the playing field when it comes to student success,” said DeeAnn Ivie, UTSA OER coordinator. “Courses that adopt OER provide our largely first-generation and diverse student body with equal access to their textbooks regardless of socioeconomic status. They cultivate deeper engagement with course content while simultaneously eliminating barriers to success.”
During this year’s grant period, faculty submitted 28 applications in the Adoption, No-Cost and Design categories. Adoption grants enable recipients to adopt existing OER for their course. No-Cost grants enable faculty to adopt library e-books, articles or other library materials. Design, a new category added this year, enables grant recipients to involve students as they modify, remix or author their course’s textbook or other teaching materials.
“The new Design tier creates the potential for 2022 faculty grant recipients to work with their students to create openly licensed textbooks,” Ivie said. “Students can add these textbooks to their resumes and career profiles. These are priceless experiences that will follow students well after they leave UTSA.”
The 2022-2023 OER grant recipients are:
“The Design Grant category affords so much freedom to faculty who want to implement OER in their teaching,” said recipient Judith Dones, UTSA assistant professor of practice in University College. “Winning the grant will allow us to enhance the student experience by incorporating our own engagement questions, student reflections and faculty insights into the Academic Inquiry and Scholarship e-textbook we’re using. We get to create our version of the textbook for our classes.”
The Adopt-a-Grant program opens each January with a close date of mid-March. Academic Innovation, a team that supports the Division of Academic Affairs, can help faculty design their courses to include OERs and to enrich their curriculum with a variety of tools and programs that promote deeper learning and student engagement.
Guests will be viewing Comet 2022 E3 ZTF.Curtis Vaughan Jr. Observatory, Flawn Science Building, 4th Floor
Enjoy this discounted offer for Black Heritage Night to watch the Spurs take on the Philadelphia 76ers. A portion of each ticket will support the Black UTSA student organization of your choice. The ticket purchase deadline is 5 p.m. on game day.AT&T Center
The UTSA University Career Center invites you to attend the STEM Career Expo from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feburary 8. Meet, connect and recruit UTSA students and alumni.H-E-B Student Union Ballroom, HSU 1.104-1.106
The UTSA University Career Center invites you to attend the All Majors Career Expo from 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feburary 8. Meet, connect and recruit UTSA students.H-E-B Student Union Ballroom, HSU 1.104-1.106
This competition is for students who are working on a project and prototype and want to assess the market opportunity and commercial potential of their technology in a risk-free environment.Science and Engineering Building, SEB 1.150G
Citation managers such as Zotero® can help you store and organize the citations you find during your research. Zotero can also generate bibliographies in various styles, insert in-text citations and allow you to share sources with collaborators.Virtual event
Chiquita Collins, vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion and chief diversity officer at UT Health San Antonio, will virtually engage in conversation regarding the 2023 Black History Month theme, “Resistance. Persistence. Excellence.”Virtual event
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.
UTSA is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) as designated by the U.S. Department of Education.
The University of Texas at San Antonio, a Hispanic Serving Institution situated in a global city that has been a crossroads of peoples and cultures for centuries, values diversity and inclusion in all aspects of university life. As an institution expressly founded to advance the education of Mexican Americans and other underserved communities, our university is committed to ending generations of discrimination and inequity. UTSA, a premier public research university, fosters academic excellence through a community of dialogue, discovery and innovation that embraces the uniqueness of each voice.