Carrie Gits is the Head Librarian at the Austin Community College (ACC) Highland Campus. As the Library Services Open Educational Resources (OER) Facilitator her responsibilities include supporting faculty and librarians through training and information sharing on open education and OER. Carrie supports faculty in their discovery, adoption, evaluation, creation, and use of OER. She works closely with others across the college to advance ACC’s Z-Degree pathways. She authored the OER Libguide as a resource for ACC faculty. In 2017, she participated in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for the state’s OER Grant Program. Her research interests include library leadership, innovative library services which foster student success, and the role libraries play in supporting a sustainable OER culture within higher education.
During the first semester of the SPARC Open Education Leadership program Carrie presented on open education and OER to ACC faculty and staff on several occasions. During the college’s Distance Learning Symposium she facilitated a panel featuring ACC faculty who teach with OER and have experience in adopting, adapting, or creating open educational resources. Modeled after SPARC’s bi-weekly OER Digest, she created a similar monthly e-newsletter which she distributes to her librarian colleagues.
Carrie’s capstone project focuses on creating asynchronous online OER training modules for faculty. With the outcome of assisting more faculty in the adoption and use of OER to increase OER course sections across the college. ACC recently concluded participation in the Achieving the Dream OER Degree Initiative Grant. The college officially launched two OER degree pathways – now branded Z-Degrees – in the Associate of Arts and Associate of Sciences in General Studies. The goals of the capstone project are to inform faculty about OER, highlight the Z-Degree process, as well as the available support systems within ACC.