University of Houston Libraries has received an anonymous gift of $100,000 to support the expansion of open educational resources (OER).
OER are teaching and learning tools, either in the public domain or released with an open license, that anyone can freely use and re-purpose. As universities across the U.S. have embraced OER, academic libraries have become central to the adoption of open educational materials in the classroom.
Commercial textbook costs have risen more than four times the rate of inflation over the past few decades, which have both financial and academic impact on many University of Houston students. A survey conducted by the UH Student Government Association found that over 37% of UH students reported not purchasing a required textbook due to cost.
While expensive textbooks prevent students from accessing course materials, OER provide free and immediate access to course materials, allowing students to be prepared on the first day of class, earn better grades, and stay enrolled in the course.
To help eliminate this barrier to student success, UH Libraries has created the Alternative Textbook Incentive Program (ATIP) for faculty to adopt OER for their curricula. Co-sponsored by the UH Office of the Provost, ATIP provides awards to faculty who take steps to implement an open or alternative textbook. In the 1st year of ATIP, 16 projects were awarded, resulting in student cost savings of over $203,000 for the 2018-19 academic year. In the 2nd year, 23 projects were awarded, with projected student cost savings of over $757,000 for the 2019-20 academic year.
ATIP is part of the burgeoning OER initiatives at UH. Ariana Santiago, open educational resources coordinator at UH Libraries, facilitates outreach and education for faculty on OER-related topics, and coordinates a growing community of practice on OER.
“This significant gift will allow UH Libraries to expand the OER program to improve the academic experience of our students,” said dean of UH Libraries Lisa German. “With this donation, we’ll be able to increase incentives for faculty who implement OER and increase the opportunity for students to academically succeed.”
Local organization Faithful Paws will bring certified therapy dogs to the MD Anderson Library for three sessions of end-of-semester stress relief. Drop in for petting, snuggling and treat-feeding with these gentle and friendly canines.
- Monday, December 2: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (concurrent with Finals Mania) 106-T and Liaison Services, behind Red Elevators
- Tuesday, December 3: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 106-T and 2nd floor
- Wednesday, December 4: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. 106-T and 2nd floor
The Architecture, Design, and Art Library will host an opening reception for student artist Morgan Stahl on November 8 at 12 noon. Her exhibit, Steel Time Capsule, will be on view through January 2020.
“Steel Time Capsule is a collection of various memories and representations of myself, my family, and our experiences. Whether it is an item from my grandparent’s house or moment from a fun family vacation, I documented many things from my childhood through my art and sketches,” Stahl said.
Stahl is a designer from Baltimore, Maryland. She moved to Houston to study architecture at the University of Houston. She is in her fifth and final year of school and will graduate in May 2020. Stahl works at DEK Studio as a design professional on various small residential and commercial projects. She first started sketching in middle school while also taking many art classes in and outside of school to continuously learn more about design and art. Growing up in a small but tight knit family has influenced most of her work. Her art is representative of family and the emotions that come with those experiences.
The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served, and the first 10 guests will receive a free gift.
Update 9/17/19: Due to the tropical storm and weather forecast for tomorrow, Poetry & Prose has been rescheduled for October 16.
The 2019-2020 season of Poetry and Prose kicks off October 16, featuring new graduate students in the University of Houston Creative Writing Program. The long-running reading series, highlighting the work of UH faculty, students, alumni and other well-known writers, takes place in the Honors College Commons, MD Anderson Library at 5:30 p.m., and is free and open to the public.
Readers for October 16:
Erik Brown (MFA Poetry) received a BA in English and Creative Writing at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Erik comes to Houston from a seven-year career in fundraising and has helped raise millions of dollars for research into psychedelic-assisted therapies.
Christopher Miguel Flakus (MFA Poetry) has published work in The Huffington Post, Akashic Books: Mondays are Murder Noir Series, Indietronica, Outlaw Poetry, Glass Mountain Magazine, In Recovery Magazine, Glass Poetry, Black Heart Magazine, and elsewhere. In 2017 he was awarded the Fabian Worsham Prize for fiction. He is the author of the chapbooks Bear Down Into Hell With Me (As Only a True Friend Would), and Thirst, and Other Poems through Iron Lung Press, as well as the chapbooks Christiana, and Dialogos: Mexico City Poems from Analog Submission Press. He is the co-editor of Defunkt Magazine, a literary magazine focused on outsider writing and art. Christopher grew up in Mexico City and writes in both English and Spanish.
Joshua Steven Gregory (MFA Poetry) was born in Philadelphia, PA and is from southern New Jersey and Vermont. He has been awarded scholarships from the Colgate Writers’ Conference and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA for his work. He is also a recent graduate of Harvard Divinity School where he studied religion and ethics and practiced healthcare chaplaincy. He currently serves as Editor-at-Large for Peripheries Journal based out of the Center for the Study of World Religions (CSWR) at Harvard. Most recently, his poems have appeared in the Colorado Review and Denver Quarterly.
Gabriella Adriana Iacono (MFA Poetry) grew up in Staten Island, New York, where she earned her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the College of Staten Island CUNY. She has worked in public education since 2014, and has served as an editor for NYSAI Press. Iacono is currently working on her first collection of poems.
Dan Kennedy (PhD Fiction) holds an MFA from Virginia Tech, where he won the Emily Morrison Prize in fiction. He grew up in rural Pennsylvania and graduated from Boston University with a BA in English; he was also a member of BU’s Division 1 wrestling team. His stories have appeared in BULL, Ghost Parachute, and Typehouse Literary Magazine. He’s currently at work on his first novel.
Aris Kian (MFA Poetry) is an inaugural member of CoogSlam, the 4th in the nation collegiate slam team. She has work published in Underground Journal. She was a blogger for AfroVibes Media and co-hosted poetry workshops for Writers in the Schools. She has been a featured reader for Write About Now Poetry (w/ CoogSlam), The Vibe Experience, and Glass Mountain.
Katie Milligan (MFA Fiction) grew up in Maine and earned her BA in English and Psychology from Dartmouth College. She has recently lived in Boston and New Hampshire, where she worked by day on the health innovation team at an HR consultancy and by night/weekend as a fiction student at GrubStreet, a Boston writing center.
Kaitlin Rizzo (MFA Poetry) prefers her cities underwater. After being raised in the hurricane lands of Florida, she now lives in Houston where she is a first year MFA in poetry. Three years after writing her first poem about the painter Artemisia Gentileschi, she is still happily obsessed and is now at work on her first collection of poetry about Gentileschi’s life.
giovanni singleton (PhD Poetry) holds an MFA from the New College of California and is the author of Ascension (Counterpath Press, 2011), which won the California Book Award Gold Medal, and of the poetry/art collection AMERICAN LETTERS: works on paper (Canarium Books, 2018). She received the African American Literature and Culture Society’s 2018 Stephen E. Henderson Award for literary achievement and served as the 2017-18 Holloway Lecturer in Poetry and Poetics at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work has appeared in Poem-a-Day, Poetry, What I Say: Innovative Poetry by Black Writers in America, Best American Experimental Writing, Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology, The Ecopoetry Anthology, and elsewhere. Her writing has also been exhibited in the Smithsonian Institute’s American Jazz Museum and on the building of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She is founding editor of nocturnes (re)view of the literary arts, a journal dedicated to experimental work of the African Diaspora and other contested spaces.
Daniel Tompkins (MFA Poetry) is a poet and writer originally from Virginia. His work has appeared in Rattle, Chaleur, Twyckenham Notes, and The Visible Poetry Project, and his first Chapbook, You Are No Phoenix, You Are Merely Aflame, is set to be published by Finishing Line Press.
The Architecture, Design & Art Library is pleased to present a new student art exhibit.
Emmanuel Oluwaseyi Bamtefa’s Culture for the People will be on display August through October.
Bamtefa is a visual artist from New York and of Yoruba descent. He has been an active artist since 2012 and is interested in portraiture and figure painting. Bamtefa is in his senior year at the University of Houston School of Art.
“As an artist, I look to introduce life of a certain people that is not familiar to the western world. I want to introduce people to a major people’s way of life through imagery and abstraction using different mediums. In this exhibition, I will focus on abstraction of reality from today’s society coming from my upbringing with the things I learnt from my perspective to things that I felt was necessary to talk about.”
A reception will be held on August 9 at 12 noon, free and open to the public. The first 10 guests will receive a gift.
University of Houston Libraries Office of Communications seeks a video production assistant. This is an excellent opportunity for a student to gain valuable video production and editing experience while supporting the Libraries’ communications and marketing efforts.
The student in this role will produce visual content for our news and features blog, email announcements, and social media channels. This may include, but is not limited to, conducting on-camera interviews, covering events, and storyboarding.
This is an on-campus position at approximately 10-15 hours per week. Hours will be negotiated based on the student’s class schedule.
Lisa Martin, coordinator of outreach and business librarian at University of Houston Libraries, has been selected to participate in the 2019-2020 UH Cougar Chairs Leadership Academy (CCLA).
Provost Paula Myrick Short launched CCLA to cultivate leadership talent on the UH campus that will engender student success by scaffolding faculty achievement.
In her role at UH Libraries, Martin works with a team of librarians who focus on relationship building and messaging to increase awareness of library services across campus and in the community. She also works closely with faculty in her liaison areas of hospitality, human development and consumer sciences, and management and leadership to conduct course-based research sessions, schedule research consultations, and assess resources and materials. Martin’s research interests include emotional intelligence and leadership; effective library outreach efforts; and the post-graduation information skills of business students. She received her MLIS from the University of California at Los Angeles.
The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design and Art Library now offers non-consumable art and design supplies for check-out, including:
- X-ACTO sets
- Architectural rulers
- Drawing boards
- The Chopper II
Students may visit the service desk for details.
University of Houston Libraries, in collaboration with the UH Office of the Provost, is pleased to announce the 2019-2020 recipient cohort of the UH Alternative Textbook Incentive Program (ATIP).
UH instructors applied for an award ranging from $500 to $2500 that would go toward implementation of an open or alternative textbook in a summer 2019, fall 2019, or spring 2020 course. Awards were granted based on projected cost savings for students; the type of project; and feasibility of the successful implementation of the proposal.
2019 – 2020 ATIP winners are:
Education: Eulises Avellaneda
CUIN 3310: Bilingual Education
Social Work: Nicole Bromfield
SOCW 7397: Perspectives on Human Trafficking: Domestic and Global
HRM: Simone Doudna
HRMA 4354: Advanced Hospitality Operations
Business: Emese Felvegi
MIS 3300: Introduction to Computer and Management Information Systems
CLASS: Layci Harrison, Mark Knoblauch, Josh Yellen
ATP 6301/6101: Anatomical Basis of Athletic Injury Lecture & Lab
Education: Kristen Hassett
SPEC 3360: Individuals with Disabilities
NSM: Daniel Hauptvogel, Jinny Sisson
GEOL 1176: Historical Geology Lab
Technology: Mary E. Henderson
SCLT 4387: Financial Evaluation for Supply Chain
HRM: Nathan Jarvis, Chris Taylor, Scott Taylor, Kevin Simon
HRMA 3336: Beverage Management
CLASS: Melody Yunzi Li, Jingyuan Fu
CHNS 3344: Global Chinese Literature
CLASS: Melissa Markofski
KIN 4370: Exercise Testing
Engineering: David Mayerich
ECE 6397: Parallel Algorithsm for GPUs and Heterogeneous Systems
CLASS: Katherine Anne McElvaney
ANTH 2301: Introduction to Physical Anthropology
CLASS: Kelly Moore
ILAS 3350: Power Writing
CLASS: Grete Norquist
ENGL 1304: First Year Writing II
CLASS: Phillip Presswood
ENGL 1303: First Year Writing I
HRM: Arlene Ramirez, Agnes DeFranco
HRMA 3341: Hospitality Managerial Accounting
NSM: Nouhad Rizk
COSC 4335/3337: Data Science
CLASS: Maria Elena Soliño
SPAN 3386: Screen Memories: Spanish Culture Through Film
NSM: Jiajia Sun
GEOL 7330: Potential Field Methods of Geophysical Exploration
HRM: Scott Taylor Jr.
HRMA 3343: Hospitality Cost Controls
Education: Laura Turchi, Jane Cooper
EDUC 3301: Introduction to Teaching
CUIN 3321: Introduction to Teaching Middle Grades
CUIN 6301: The Teaching Profession
NSM: Anna Vershynina
MATH 6397: Special Topics: Quantum Computation
Now in its second year, ATIP is part of the University’s initiative to improve students’ academic experience by mitigating the high cost of textbooks. Faculty members are incentivized to replace required traditional textbook(s) in their course with adoption, adaptation, or creation of an open textbook, or assembly of freely available or library sponsored resources. Projected savings for students in the first year of implementing alternative textbooks in these courses is $757,380.48, benefiting an estimated 5,773 students.
University of Houston Libraries announces access to Pressbooks for the creation of open educational resources (OER).
Pressbooks is simple book production software that is widely used in universities to create OER, and can be used to create OER in a variety of formats, include open textbooks, modules, syllabi, and other course materials.
OER published on Pressbooks are accessible on all platforms (smartphone, tablet, e-reader, computer) and can be exported into multiple formats (web, PDF, EPUB, XML, etc.). The platform allows for embedded media and can integrate interactive content, such as web annotation and quiz questions.
“This is a really exciting development for the UH OER program,” said Ariana Santiago, open educational resources coordinator at UH Libraries. “Pressbooks will make it easier for instructors to publish OER and ensure that students have free and perpetual access to the course materials.”
A training webinar will be held on Tuesday, June 4 and is open to Texas Digital Library members. In this hands-on session led by Pressbooks personnel, attendees will learn the basics of creating an OER on the Pressbooks platform, including organizing, editing, importing, and exporting content.
Access to the UH Pressbooks network is only available to those affiliated with University of Houston and its use is intended for the creation or modification of open educational resources.
Tuesday June 4, 2019, 2-3 p.m.
Attend online or in person (MD Anderson Library, Training Room 106-R)