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Join us for a conversation with UTSA faculty who are leveraging open educational resources to make an impact on student engagement and retention and reducing student costs. We’ll provide updates on UTSA’s OER growth and expansion and will provide information about the UTSA Libraries’ Adopt a Free Textbook grants available for faculty interested in incorporating free textbooks into their courses.

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Stan Renard, Assistant Professor, Music
Emily Cox, Humanities Librarian, UTSA Libraries
MUS 2263: Intro to the Music Industry
Stan worked closely with Emily Cox to develop a blog that both houses freely available industry music resources and serves as a repository where his students contribute additional learning materials. Because the blog is open access, anyone can see it and use it, including future UTSA music students and those in the community.

Jonathan Brucks, Lecturer I, Math
Cynthia McCowen, Director of Tutoring Services, Tomás Rivera Center
MAT 1073: College Algebra
Jonathan and Cindy worked with TRC tutors over the Summer 2017 to create a supplement for Jonathan’s students, who use the OpenStax College Algebra book as a primary text. Jonathan has paired the text with free class management/homework/quiz software and plans to use a similar design in other courses the department offers.

Gina Amatangelo, Lecturer II, Public Administration
PAD 1113: Intro to Public Administration
Gina and Patricia Jaramillo (Senior Lecturer, Public Administration) incorporated both freely available and library content into this course to create a tailored text. This approach has allowed them to teach using material from a range of textbook authors, videos, government reports, as well as news and journal articles. They also utilize a subscription-based database in order to share case studies at no-cost to students.

Christina Frasier, Lecturer III, Writing Program
WRC 1013: Writing Composition
Christina partnered with librarians DeeAnn Ivie and Tara Schmidt to lead the creation of a single WRC website to house both freely available and library resources for this class. All of the WRC 1013 instructors are now using this website as their primary text.