Open Educational Materials Awards

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The Student Government Association (SGA) at Texas A&M University has partnered with the University Libraries to establish two annual awards for faculty members who go above and beyond in adopting and demonstrating exemplary usage of Open Educational Resources (OERs) in their classrooms or taking active roles in the creation or dissemination of these open access materials. These awards seek to recognize faculty who promote or contribute to a culture of utilizing free academic resources and knowledge sharing in order to lessen the financial burden on students, and mitigate the overall cost of receiving an education.

What is an Open Education Resource (OER)?

Open Educational Resources are defined as teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers. These resources carry legal permissions for open use. Generally, this permission is granted by use of an open license (for example, a Creative Commons license), which allows anyone to freely use, adapt, and share the resource. More information on OERs.

Disclaimer: Materials that are accessible to Texas A&M students through licenses negotiated by the Texas A&M University Libraries are not considered Open Educational Resources.

The Awards:

  1. SGA Open Educator Award

    Nomination form and guidelines

    Description: Awarded to faculty members who demonstrate exemplary usage of open access materials in their own classrooms. Examples of such use include but are not limited to: utilizing free textbooks, providing free electronic notes or textbook alternatives, using/incorporating free educational resources/materials in courses, etc.

    Each winner will receive a plaque of recognition.

    Maximum number of winners per year: 3 faculty members, with awards limited to one per level of faculty rank (broadly defined as assistant/lecturer, associate, and full).

    Who can nominate: Only currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to nominate faculty members for this award.

    Eligibility: Each nominee will be considered based on the following criteria:

    • Overall economic impact
    • Educational impact
    • Quality of OER
    • Teaching/Learning Innovation

  2. SGA Open Education Champion Award

    Nomination form and guidelines

    Description: Awarded to a faculty member who demonstrates the most compelling and significant positive impact in areas related to open educational resources, with additional weight given to action that contribute to or use Texas A&M’s OAKTrust institutional repository. Examples include but are not limited to: (1) Public sharing of research, works, projects, course notes, or other educational resources in OAKTrust or elsewhere; (2) championing the goal of making use of free educational resources beyond the faculty member’s own classroom. For more information about depositing your work in OAKTrust.

    The winner will receive a plaque of recognition.

    Maximum number of winners per year: 1

    Who can nominate: Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students and Texas A&M faculty members are eligible to submit nominations. Self-nominations are encouraged.

    Eligibility: Each nominee will be considered based on the following criteria:

    • Quantity of contributions
    • Quality and depth of contributions
    • Effect of outreach
    • Actual/potential impact

All nominations are due by 5PM on March 24, 2017The second annual awards ceremony is scheduled for April 19, 2017.

For questions or request for more information, please contact the SGA Open Educational Awards Committee

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