The Student Government Association (SGA) at Texas A&M University has established two annual awards for faculty members who go above and beyond in adopting and demonstrating exemplary usage of Open Educational Resources (OERs) in their classrooms or take an active role in the creation or dissemination of these open access materials. These awards seek to recognize faculty who promote or contribute to a culture of utilizing free academic resources and knowledge sharing in order to lessen the financial burden on students and overall cost of an receiving an education.
Open Educational Resources are defined as teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permissions for open use. Generally, this permission is granted by use of an open license (for example, Creative Commons licenses) which allows anyone to freely use, adapt and share the resource. More information on OERs can be found at: http://sparcopen.org/open-education/.
The Open Education Champion award will be bestowed upon a faculty member at any level who demonstrates the most compelling and significant positive impact in areas related to OERs, with additional weight being given to actions which relate to the contribution to or utilization of the OAKTrust repository.* Examples include but are not limited to: (1) Public sharing of research, works projects, course notes, or other educational resources in Texas A&M's OAKTrust repository or elsewhere, (2) championing the goal of making use of free educational resources in locations or classrooms other than their own.
Award eligibility will be determined by the Academic Affairs Committee of Student Senate primarily through consideration of the following criteria: Quantity of Contributions, Quality and Depth of Contributions, Effect of Outreach and Actual/Potential Impact.
A maximum of one faculty member may receive this award every year, of any level, rank or title.
Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students may nominate faculty for this award. Peer and self-nominations are accepted and encouraged as well.
*For more information about OAKTrust, see the following links: http://scholarlycommunication.library.tamu.edu/repository-getting-started/policies/ and https://oaktrust.library.tamu.edu/.