Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) are defined in the Texas Education Code, Section 51.451 as “teaching, learning, or research resources that are in the public domain or that have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use, adaptation, and redistribution by any person. The term may include full course curricula, course materials, modules, textbooks, media, assessments, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques, whether digital or otherwise, used to support access to knowledge.”

DigiTex facilitates the creation, adoption, and use of Open Educational Resources across Texas through such services as research, professional development and training, and events. OER has the capacity to contribute to cost savings for students and support learning outcomes, while also helping Texas to meet the goals outlined in its higher education plan, 60x30TX.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & TRAINING

DigiTex is planning a webinar series and other professional development opportunities to support faculty, staff, and administrators working in OER policy and practice. Stay tuned!

EVENTS

On Aug. 7-8, 2019, DigiTex hosted Open Education Texas in Austin. The statewide convening offered insight into OER policy and practice at the state and national levels and showcased findings from the survey Open Education Resources (OER) in Texas Higher Education, 2019. Plans are in the works for the next statewide OER meeting; please check back here for updates.

RESOURCES

Download our infographic "Why Use Open Education Resources?" to use in advocating for OER on your campuses. Feel free to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute! 

Although not an exhaustive list, the following organizations, repositories, and initiatives provide further information about OER creation, adoption, and use, as well as open licensing.

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
Creative Commons
MERLOT
OER Commons
OER Knowledge Cloud
Open Education Global
Open Textbook Library
OpenStax
Skills Commons
STARLINK

Texas Specific OER Information
State Legislation on OER in Higher Education: SPARC OER State Policy Tracker
Texas Digital Library’s Getting Started with OER: Free Webinar Series
Texas Toolkit for OER Course Markings (a living guide)

RESEARCH

In spring 2019, DigiTex partnered with the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to conduct a survey on OER programs, policies, and practices at two- and four-year public and private, non-profit institutions in Texas. Responses from 100 institutions painted a picture of a growing commitment to OER. They also revealed insights into specific priorities, practices, and perceptions surrounding OER across the Texas higher education landscape. A copy of the final survey report can be downloaded here. DigiTex plans to use these data as a baseline for future, bi-annual statewide OER surveys.