Michelle Reed is the Open Education Librarian at the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. She leads efforts to support the adoption, modification, and creation of open educational resources (OER) and advocates for experiential learning opportunities that foster collaboration, increase engagement, and empower students as content creators. Prior to UTA, Michelle supported both information literacy and scholarly communication initiatives at the University of Kansas Libraries. Her research interests include librarianship at the intersections of information literacy and scholarly communication, the impact of OER in higher education, and undergraduate perceptions of open principles. Michelle is a presenter for the Open Textbook Network and the Association of College & Research Libraries, a recipient of the American Library Association’s Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant, and an OER Research Fellow with the Open Education Group.
Michelle served as a peer advisor in the first class of fellows to complete the Open Education Leadership Program during the 2017-18 pilot. As an open advocate in a state that recently passed OER legislation, Michelle’s interest centered on opportunities and challenges for implementing OER course markings. She led her institution’s response to state legislation requiring institutions to provide searchable information about OER courses. The lessons learned from implementing UTA’s course marking process form the foundation of Michelle’s capstone project, the Texas Toolkit for OER Course Markings (a living guide).
The toolkit is an openly licensed resource that assists states and institutions with identifying options and overcoming hurdles in the implementation of course markings for OER. It summarizes legislative requirements in Texas, provides examples of course marking solutions, and includes information about stakeholders, barriers, and other important considerations. Additionally, it houses milestone reporting forms that allow stakeholders at colleges and universities to connect with colleagues and gain a better understanding of how markings are implemented at other institutions. Though it specifically targets educators in Texas, the toolkit will be useful to anyone with interest in or responsibility for course marking policies and processes.
Since its release as a living document in Spring 2018, the toolkit was recruited by the Rebus Community as a beta project for Rebus Projects, a new platform for recruiting collaborators and managing the workflow of open textbook creation. By collaborating with Rebus, Michelle plans to expand the toolkit to include case studies representing a variety of approaches to OER course markings, brief stories from the perspectives of various stakeholders, and a more robust analysis of stakeholders, options, and barriers. Visit the project website to view or contribute to current activities.