Open Access Week 2014

Open Access Week 2014

This week is Open Access Week and as such there will be related events aimed at expanding the understanding of Open Access in the library throughout the week.  Below is a schedule of events, we would for you to attend a few. Beyond Our Walls: A conversation with Kristi Jensen Monday, October 20, 3-4pm BizzellContinue Reading

Beyond OUr Walls: Kristi Jensen, University of Minnesota Libraries

Beyond OUr Walls: Kristi Jensen, University of Minnesota Libraries

Kristi Jensen from the University of Minnesota Libraries will be presenting a talk on Open Textbooks: Access, Affordability and Academic Success on Monday, October 20th at 3:00 pm in the Bizzell Library Community Room, LL118, just across from the new Bookmark Cafe. Learn more about Open Textbooks and how you can make a difference by adoptingContinue Reading

Open Textbook Workshop – October 21st

Open Textbook Workshop – October 21st

Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? Explore possible open textbook solutions by attending a two-hour workshop and writing a short textbook review. Receive a $300 stipend for your efforts! The University of Oklahoma Libraries is hosting an Open Textbook Workshop on Tuesday October 21st.Continue Reading

Faculty Stories: Paul Sims

Faculty Stories: Paul Sims

As part of our ongoing series of faculty’s experiences creating and adopting alternative textbook solutions for students, this weeks post is from Dr. Paul Sims.  Dr. Sims received a grant from the Alternative Textbook Initiative here through OU Libraries to take the iBook he created for his CHEM 3753, Introduction to Biomechanical Methods lab andContinue Reading

Why Tablets for Exams

Just a quick note from Stacy:  Dr. Kurt Gramoll will be guest blogging over the next few weeks to talk about his open textbooks and how he uses them in the classroom.  He received an Alternative Textbook Grant in the summer of 2014 to support further use of his content and assessments in the classroom.Continue Reading

Open Textbooks from OpenStax

Open Textbooks from OpenStax

The Open Educational Resources team at OU Libraries is happy to announce that we have open textbooks published through OpenStax College available for viewing in Bizzell Library.  We are part of a special project sponsored through OpenStax to make these books available for faculty and students to review.  Two faculty members at OU are currentlyContinue Reading

Faculty stories: Laura Gibbs

Dr. Laura Gibbs has been teaching online since 2002, and has been teaching with open content almost exclusively for that time. She has worked over the summer of 2014 to create an Un-Textbook.  The resources are created from open content – so they are openly available for students in her MLLL 3043 Mythology and Folklore course, as well asContinue Reading

New Series – Faculty stories of Open Adoption

Back in July, I wrote about adopting an open textbook for my summer course, and received lots of great feedback – and I think many of us are wanting to know what others are doing to adopt open content. I would love to hear about the experiences of other faculty, support staff and students asContinue Reading

Outbound Link Tracking Using Google Analytics

Earlier this year when we launched the OER collection and this blog we decided to utilize Google Analytics.  We did this with the intention of gaining a sense of which types of OER our patrons seem to be most interested in.  Google Analytics offers a simple chunk of javascript that is to be inserted into eachContinue Reading

New Open Project at OU- Civil War Manuscripts

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the OU Libraries are launching the Transcribing the Past: Civil War Manuscripts project.  The Western History Collection has a large selection of Civil War manuscripts which our Digitization Laboratory (@OULibDigitize) has been working hard to scan and make available as open resources.  As part of this project, we are asking for helpContinue Reading