AIS 1203 College Success: Open Educational Resources and Library E-books & Streaming Media

Open Textbooks and Online Courses: College Success

Instructor Tips:

  • For open educational resources, you may copy and paste links to individual chapters from the URL address bar of your browser to your Blackboard course.
  • For library e-books and streaming media, make sure to use specially formatted persistent links (permalinks, stable links, etc.) which include a proxy server prefix (see below for more information).

Using OER and Library Resources: Tips for Instructors

By using OER (open educational resources) and online library resources, you can design a high-quality, low-cost learning experience for your students.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources (OER)

  • Available to students after the semester ends
  • Free to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute

Library Resources (e-books, articles, and streaming video)

  • Available at no additional cost to UTSA students
  • Can be linked from Blackboard for off-campus access.

Tips about E-books

The UTSA Libraries subscribes to several e-book databases with different access models. If you choose a library e-book for your course, contact your librarian at least two weeks in advance so we can confirm:

  • Info on e-book ownership and access. Some of our e-books are on demand and not owned by the library, so they may disappear without warning. If an e-book is not already owned, we can explore other access options.
  • Info on multiple-user access for the e-book.
  • A link that works off campus for your Blackboard course.

In most cases, commercial textbooks are not available for purchase by libraries for online use.

Off-Campus Access

To ensure off-campus access to library e-books, articles and streaming video, you need to use a persistent link (which may also be called a permalink, stable link, record URL, etc) with a proxy server prefix https://login.libweb.lib.utsa.edu/login?URL=

While some library databases automatically add the proxy prefix, it sometimes needs to be added manually. Contact your librarian for help.

Benefits: OER and Teaching

While it's tempting to use commercial textbooks and teaching tools, there are many open access resources on college success topics that provide the same or better course outcomes.

These OER also:

  • Increase student engagement
  • Decrease D/F/W rates
  • Deliver more comprehensive topic coverage by leveraging diverse perspectives of scholars and experts
  • Provide immediate and mobile access to required readings
  • Increase access to course content for print disabled
  • Save your students money

Read more about OER and UTSA Libraries' OER effort here.