Ready Player One, Hamilton, and Me:  “Liveness,” Mediated Communication, and Building Relationships in a Virtual World

by Judith Sebesta, Ph.D., Executive Director, DigiTex      “Going outside is highly overrated.”  ― Ernest Cline, Ready Player One Does anyone else sometimes feel like you are living in the pages of Cline’s dystopian 2011 novel? Set in the near future of 2045, Ready Player One depicts our planet on the brink of chaos and collapse. … Continue reading Ready Player One, Hamilton, and Me:  “Liveness,” Mediated Communication, and Building Relationships in a Virtual World

Texas Learn OER: A Newbie’s Introduction to Open Educational Resources

In 2014 I retired from teaching, but even at that time, I recall hearing about Open Educational Resources and wondering what they were and why I should pay attention to them. I remember thinking at the time that free teaching resources couldn’t possibly be as good as the paid, published textbooks that were much more … Continue reading Texas Learn OER: A Newbie’s Introduction to Open Educational Resources

Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix, And Redistribute: The Launch Of Texas Learn OER

By Carrie Gits, Head Librarian, Associate Professor, Austin Community College The usefulness of an open educational resource (OER) can be measured in its ability to be adapted, modified, and reused by others to meet their unique needs. Authors and creators of OER often intentionally choose an open license that allows others to build upon their work, … Continue reading Retain, Reuse, Revise, Remix, And Redistribute: The Launch Of Texas Learn OER

“Be Responsive”: Leading Innovation For Transition And Transformation

by Judith Sebesta, Ph.D., Executive Director, DigiTex Recently, I was asked by the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies for the monthly meeting of their Consortia/System Leadership Group, of which I am a part, to share stories of recent faculty development initiatives at our member colleges and at DigiTex. I put out a call to our colleges and received … Continue reading “Be Responsive”: Leading Innovation For Transition And Transformation