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 Educator Award is a teaching award that is given to faculty members who demonstrate exemplary usage of open access materials in their own classrooms. Examples of this include but are not limited to: utilizing free textbooks, providing free electronic notes or textbook alternatives, using/incorporating free educational resources/materials into the course curriculum, etc.*
Award eligibility will be determined by the Academic Affairs Committee of Student Senate primarily through consideration of the following criteria: Overall Economic Impact, Educational Impact, Quality of OER, and Teaching or Learning Innovation.
A maximum of three faculty members can receive the award each year. Faculty members at all ranks, including but not limited to lecturers, instructors, and professors, are eligible. When determining awards, care will be taken to recognize faculty members holding diverse ranks, including (1) full or tenured; (2) tenure-track or associate; (3) and non-tenure-track or lecturer-type faculty members. This list of titles is by no means exclusive or binding.
Not all questions on this form are required, but it is highly recommended that you try to answer them all so that the Academic Affairs Committee has all the information necessary to property evaluate the nomination.
Only currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students at Texas A&M University are eligible to nominate a faculty member for this award.
*Note that utilizing materials that are accessible to Texas A&M students through shared licenses such as most e-journals available through the A&M Online Library are not considered OER.