Texas Digital Learning Week

November 13 - 16, 2023


About TDLW Events

Join the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) Division of Digital Learning as we celebrate the first annual Texas Digital Learning Week. Learn more about the resources and programs that the THECB provides to support and strengthen digital learning across the state of Texas. We will be unveiling exciting new services and resources, providing networking opportunities, and providing status on new and ongoing initiatives, such as the Digital Learning Texas (DLTX) website and several (OERTX) resource hubs. “wocintech (microsoft) – 217” is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Horizons of Digital Learning in Texas: Monday, November 13th, 2023, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. CST

Session Recording: Horizons of Digital Learning in Texas | OERTX

Speaker: Dr. Michelle Singh, Assistant Commissioner, Division of Digital Learning, THECB

Join us for an engaging and informative webinar where we will explore the current landscape of and future of digital education in the Lone Star State. As technology continues to impact the way we teach and learn, it's crucial to stay updated on the latest trends, challenges, and opportunities in the field of digital learning. 

Ready for Resources Series and Community Building 

This three-part series connects participants to the THECB Division of Digital Learning, offers a deeper dive into new OERTX resources, and provides opportunities for networking with your like-minded peers. 

Session 1: Digital Instruction and Digital Information Literacy Hubs: Tuesday, November 14th, 2023, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CST 


Jessica McClean, Director of Open Educational Resources, The University of Texas at Arlington, Jacob Spradlin, Director of Online Instructional Development and Support, Sam Houston State University Online, and Daniel Walker, Director, Online Technology Support Operations, Sam Houston State University Online

Two new hubs provide a wealth of open resources designed to empower educators with knowledge and insight about digital instruction and digital information literacy. 

Session 2: Texas OER Core Elements Course: Wednesday, November 15th, 2023, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CST 

Speakers: Dr. Judith Sebesta, Higher Education Consultant, Sebesta Consulting and Carrie Gits, Director, Division of Digital Learning, THECB

This revised and remixed asynchronous course, adapted from the original Texas Learn OER, is a self-paced course covering the fundamentals of open educational resources (OER) for beginners or those wanting to refresh their OER knowledge. 

Session 3: High Impact Course Resources: Thursday, November 16th, 2023, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. CST 

Speaker: Lea Deforest, Partner Success Manager, Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education 

Developed out of research conducted by THECB and the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education, this hub provides quality open resources for highly transferable, high-enrollment courses required for degree paths in high-wage and high-demand fields. 

 Adapting to Innovation: Perspectives from Across Sectors (Panel session): Tuesday, November 14th, 2023, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. CST  

Session Recording: Adapting to Innovation: Perspectives from Across Sectors | OERTX (texas.gov)


Dr. Judith Sebesta, Higher Education Consultant, Sebesta Consulting

Dr. Van Davis, Chief Strategy Officer, WCET, Service Design and Strategy Officer, Every Learner Everywhere, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)

Patrick Pluscht, Executive Director DSI Digital Growth, University of North Texas

Dr. Brenda Quintanilla, Regional Manager, Center for Learning Innovation, East Region, Houston Community College

Dr. Dylan Ruediger, Program Manager, The Research Enterprise, Ithaka

In a rapidly changing world, adaptability and innovation are the cornerstones of success. Join us for an inspiring and thought-provoking panel session with leaders and experts in the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in higher education to share their insights on thriving in an era of constant transformation.

This engaging session will feature a distinguished panel of professionals who have successfully navigated the ever- evolving landscape of their respective sectors, and they'll discuss how the integration of AI has become a pivotal driver of innovation in their areas. This panel can inform educators, leaders, policymakers, and anyone interested in staying at the forefront of innovation. Join us for a conversation that explores new horizons in digital learning. 

OER Horizons in Texas (Open Texas webinar): Wednesday, November 15th, 2023, 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. CST 

Session Recording: OER Horizons in Texas (Open Texas webinar) | OERTX

Speaker: Daniel Williamson, Managing Director, OpenStax

The Open Texas Conference will be back September 25-27, 2024. In the meantime, join members of the Open Texas Steering Committee during Texas Digital Learning Week to learn more about how to get involved. Special guest, Daniel Williamson, Managing Director at OpenStax will speak on the horizons of open education in Texas to provide inspiration for the 2024 Open Texas Conference. Open Texas Presents: Horizons of Open Education | OERTX

New Distance Education Rules: What to Know and How to Get Ready: Thursday, November 16th, 2023, 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. CST 

Session Recording: New Distance Education Rules: What to Know and How to Get Ready | OERTX (texas.gov)


Dr. Kylah Torre, Senior Director, Division of Digital Learning, THECB

Dr. Andrew Lofters, Director, Division of Academic and Health Affairs, THECB

Jessica Acton, Program Director, Division of Academic and Health Affairs, THECB

Join us for an informative and practical webinar where we will explore the recent changes to the Texas Administrative Code, specifically the new distance education rules. The new rules require institutions of higher education to assess distance education in accordance with the Principles of Good Practice (or PGP) and report results of that assessment in an Institutional Plan for Distance Education (IPDE) to THECB staff before seeking approval to offer distance education programs or certificates and to renew that approval no less than every 10 years.  This session will detail changes to policy and explain new processes important to institutions. The new rules will go into effect on December 1st.   



TDLW Resources

New resources released during TDLW will be showcased here . Register for events to learn more about the resources, tools, and courses.

Introducing DLTX — the digital learning clearinghouse that seeks to unite stakeholders from across Texas under one common goal: to make digital learning solutions accessible to everyone. By harnessing the power of community, this user-generated experience aspires to redefine the culture of digital education at Texas higher education institutions. DLTX is made “by educators, for educators” — imagining the future of education into our classrooms, together.    

The Digital Information Literacy Hub is a curated collection of openly licensed resources that cover a wide range of topics related to digital information literacy. These topics contribute to an understanding of how to find, create, and ethically use information in the 21st century’s global information network. 

The Digital Instruction Hub is dedicated exclusively to the world of digital learning. Its mission is to aggregate, curate, and disseminate high-quality Open Educational Resources (OER) related to digital learning, instructional technology, and e-learning methodologies. It is a one-stop destination for educators, instructional designers, and anyone interested in harnessing the power of digital technology for education. 

Introducing the Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Adapting to Innovation Group. This group includes resources and discussions to help guide your exploration of AI in higher education policy and practice. This group features resources curated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Division of Digital Learning to guide faculty, staff, and administrators as they incorporate Artificial Intelligence (AI) in their classrooms and institutional operations. It is a space to share insights on AI and on thriving in an era of constant transformation. Explore the Using the THECB AI Group resource page to learn more about the group’s collections and discussion opportunities.

Check out the Texas OER Core Elements Course! This 12-unit online course serves as an introduction to open educational resources (OER) as well as an opportunity for further exploration and discovery of OER and open education practices. Texas OER Core Elements Course is adapted from Texas Learn OER, with revisions that include the addition of a unit on Open Pedagogy and extensive updates to the original Texas unit, which has now been divided into two, one on history, policy, and research foundations, and another on statewide practices and supports. The final unit includes a final assessment which can be completed to earn a certificate of completion. The full course is openly licensed and can be adapted and remixed for localization and customization at your institution.  

Introducing the High-Impact Course Resources Hub, A resource hub for highly-transferable, high-enrollment courses required for degree paths in high-wage and high-demand fields. The hub contains The Division of Digital Learning in partnership with the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education (ISKME), leveraged data from the Texas Workforce Commission to identify and collect open materials for teaching high impact courses. The hub contains OER aligned with categories of the Texas Core Curriculum: American History; Communication; Government and Political Science; Language, Philosophy, and Culture; Life & Physical Sciences; Math, and Social & Behavioral Sciences. Faculty who teach courses that align with the Texas Core Curriculum will find open materials for full courses and textbooks for 25 of Texas’ highest-demand courses 


To keep up to date on Digital Learning News and Events, join the group on OERTX