Texas A&M creates first annual Open Educational Material Awards

By Marketing and Communications | 05-08-2016

“I am pleased to have had the opportunity to work with our own Student Government Association to develop such meaningful faculty awards." said Bruce Herbert, Director of Scholarly Communications at the University Libraries. “These awards expose faculty who are not only using innovation to develop course materials but are also providing cost savings for the undergraduate student.”

The two awards that were given out on May 4, 2016 at a ceremony in Sterling C. Evans Library were the SGA Open Educator Award recognizing a faculty member who goes above and beyond in adopting and demonstrating exemplary usage of open educational materials in their classroom and the Open Education Champion Award given to a faculty member who demonstrates a compelling and positive impact through open access materials.

Dr. Trez Jones, Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Education and Human Development is the first ever winner of the SGA Open Educator Award and was nominated by one of his student who noted “our professor’s usage of these free resources allowed us to discuss ideas surrounding a current topic in media that is rapidly evolving.”

Dr. Patrick Shamberger, Assistant Professor, College of Engineering won the Open Education Champion Award. Dr. Shamberger has developed an entire course lecture series on video. These videos are available online for free and the series currently has 2,500 current subscribers and have been viewed more than 315,000 times.

Ted Gomes, SGA Vice President of Academic Affairs said “every single professor that engages in providing open resources for students is decreasing the financial burden and expanding educational opportunities for thousands of A&M students.”

The plan for these awards was born at the 2015 SEC Academic Collaboration Workshop hosted by the University Libraries. The workshop paired Librarians from all 14 SEC universities with representatives of their own student governments. The goal of the workshop was to build strategic plans advancing open access and open educational resource initiatives at each SEC university.