In December 2020, the University of Memphis, along with five other universities from across the state, was awarded the Tennessee Board of Regents' Open Educational Resources (OER) grant. Intent on mitigating the rising costs of textbooks for students in lower division general education courses, a coalition of researchers and faculty from the Departments of English & Math, as well as University Libraries, are identifying key OER repositories for a pilot OER program that will be implemented in the Fall 2021 semester.
An essential component of achieving these powerful educational imperatives is access to resources for faculty and students whereby they can develop their knowledge and skills as a strategy to revise our existing curriculum so that it is
As mentioned above on the OER Grant Proposal, the UofM's OER efforts align with the overall values of the University's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including the Eradicating Systemic Racism and Promoting Social Justice Initiative. Click on the title above or scroll through the webpage embedded below to read about the 12 workgroups that have convened to addressed various facets of DEI on the University of Memphis campus.
The UofM's OER endeavors also align with the mission of Memphis Reads, a "community partnership between Christian Brothers University, Memphis Public Libraries, Facing History & Ourselves, City of Memphis, Shelby County Schools, Rhodes College, the University of Memphis, LeMoyne-Owen College, National Civil Rights Museum, NOVEL Bookstore, and Whole Child Strategies. Sponsors include International Paper, CBU, Rhodes College, and the Tennessee Arts Commission."
"Memphis Reads was created to give students a common academic experience and to connect them with the campus community, as well as the larger Memphis community. Having first-year students, upperclassmen, and faculty members read the same book provides them with numerous opportunities to discuss it throughout the school year — and by spreading the program city-wide, it provides the same opportunity for students and faculty at other schools and for the general community."
As partner to the program this fall, the University Libraries has purchased an unlimited-use eBook copy of this year's selection, Thick, and Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom, for all University students, staff, and faculty to read.