The Texas Digital Library (TDL) and Digital Higher Education Consortium of Texas (DigiTex) are now accepting proposals for the first annual Open Texas Conference, jointly hosted by University of Houston-Downtown, Houston Community College, and the Houston Area OER Consortium. The conference will be held virtually on March 11-12, 2021.
Following on the success of both the 2018 Statewide OER Summit and the 2019 Open Education Texas Convening, Open Texas 2021 will bring together librarians, faculty, administrators, and other open education practitioners and advocates in Texas to explore tools and resources to reduce costs of textbooks and learning resources for students.
The conference theme,
Open Texas 2021: Adoption, Engagement, and Impact, highlights programs focusing on institutional and individual processes to adopt OER, engaging faculty and students to create openly licensed content, and measuring impact of open education initiatives. The program committee invites proposals that address topics related to open education practices and advocacy, and presentations for both novice and experienced open education practitioners are welcome. The program committee is especially interested in presentations that address one or more of the following topics:
- Adoption and creation of OER, including successful training and professional development programs created to promote OER initiatives;
- Open pedagogy, including faculty & student engagement with OER, and collaborative cross-institutional partnerships;
- Open licensing, including copyright, equity, access, and inclusion;
- Policy and campus-wide integration of OER, including course marking in the course schedule (SB810), and Z-Degrees & transfer opportunities (2 + 2 programs);
- Assessment, including measuring impact of OER and identification of benchmarks for strategic objectives.
Presentations should fall into one of the following categories:
- Workshops (45-50 minutes)
- Presentations (20-25 min)
- Lightning talks (10 min)
Complete proposals must include:
- a title
- abstract (approximately 250 words),
- 2-3 learning outcomes for the audience,
- and information for each speaker (name, title, institution, brief bio, and email address).
Proposals should also indicate the preferred format for the presentation; please also include a second choice if you are able to adapt the presentation to a different format for scheduling purposes.
Proposals will be evaluated based on relevance to the conference theme or topics of interest, usefulness to conference participants and the open education community, and overall clarity of the proposal.
Proposals will be
due October 23, 2020. Presenters will be notified of acceptance in early January 2021.
For proposal submission information, registration information, or questions contact: