Meet the Open Texas Committee Members: Kenneth Carriveau (Promotion & Assessment)
Name: Kenneth Carriveau
Preferred pronouns: he/him
Where do you work?
What do you do there?
I am one of three STEM liaison librarians.
Where did you go to school?
I earned my bachelor’s degree at the University of Notre Dame and my MSLS at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Where is your hometown?
I was born and raised on Guam, but currently live near Waco, TX
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
Unfortunately, my life is pretty mundane. The only thing that comes to mind is that I've been seen on national/international television four times since the 1980s, twice for PBS programs, once on ESPN, and once on RTE One in Ireland.
How did you get involved with the Open Texas Conference?
My involvement with Open Texas grew from my interactions with the folks at the Texas Digital Library and the TDL OER Ambassadors program to learn more about OER as I lead the development of an OER support program at my institution. Since the open education movement requires involvement at the grassroots level, I thought it appropriate to answer the call for volunteers in organizing the conference.
What was your first impression of Open Texas?
What caught my attention the most was the breadth of open education development across the state. Some institutions have established themselves as clear leaders in open education and OER implementation but there is still a lot of room for expansion, innovation, and exploration for others who want to get involved.
The interest in open education seems to be growing. Why do you think that is?
While I think the free nature of most OER materials is the initial draw, I think it is the increased opportunities for engagement and deeper learning made possible by using such materials that keep people interested. Customized content, inclusivity of different perspectives, and making it possible for students to claim some measure of ownership in their learning experiences are the true value of OER that is only now gaining broader recognition.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about presenting or attending Open Texas?
Definitely do it. There is something for everyone who is interested in the state of education in Texas. Whether your interests lie in instruction techniques, increasing diversity and inclusion in the learning environment, or educational policy concerns, Open Texas is an excellent forum for exploring those issues.
What are your professional goals for the next five years?
My top professional priority is to increase the presence of OER in my institution and hopefully begin to influence the instructional culture on campus to ensure the open approach is visibly accepted.