OER Course Redesign Grants

OhioLINK Spring 2024 OER Course Redesign Mini-Grants

Over and over, we have heard that two of the main barriers to converting to an Open Educational Resource (OER) are the lack of time and lack of funding necessary to explore open alternatives. To that end, OhioLINK Affordable Learning is continuing with our OER Course Redesign Mini-Grants. 

What: OhioLINK Affordable Learning has dedicated funding to help faculty learn more about using openly-licensed or other affordable course content for their high-enrollment courses. With this funding, we are offering OER Course Redesign Mini-Grants.

Who: Any full-time or part-time faculty from OhioLINK member institutions interested in learning more about teaching with OER is eligible to apply. If your application is selected, you will receive a $650 stipend for participating once all the requirements have been met. We are offering up to 30 course redesign mini-grants depending on interest and number of applicants who meet the criteria.   

When: The program will be held between May 20th and June 14th, 2024 and will require a commitment of approximately 4-8 hours of asynchronous work. It can be completed online, and will also require a synchronous Zoom discussion session.

Deadline to apply: April 19th, 2024

Application is simple:

1) fill out a brief form

2) submit the course syllabus for the course in which you are interested in using OER to Anna Bendo

3) have your department chair send an e-mail of support for your application to Anna Bendo.

How does the program work?

Apply by April 19th. Complete and submit your application in 3 steps: fill out the form. Submit the syllabus for the course in which you are interested in using an OER to Anna Bendo, and have your department chair/dean send an email of support to Anna Bendo

If you are selected to participate, you will receive a $650 stipend for participating in the grant program once all the requirements have been completed.  

An OhioLINK OER Librarian will review your syllabus and map suggested openly-licensed, affordable, or library-licensed content to syllabus topics. You can then use these suggestions to begin to explore open resources that could be a good fit for your course. 

From May 20th to June 14th, 2024, participants will engage in an asynchronous Introduction to Open Educational Resources Course online. Participants will explore the basics of open education, review an open access or low-cost resource, learn how to align course content with learning outcomes, and reflect on advocating for affordable or open access course materials in the future. There are four modules of content, each of which should take 1-2 hours to complete. 

As part of the training, each participant will: 

  • Attend at least one synchronous Zoom discussion session (out of 3 options)
  • Review at least one openly-licensed, library-licensed, or low-cost resource in their discipline by June 14th, 2024.
  • Create a curriculum map to align the open access or low-cost resource to their course (due July 19th, 2024)
  • Write a short report outlining how they will take action to implement the use of the openly licensed content across all sections/semesters of the course (due July 19th, 2024)

After the training, each participant will: 

  • Use at least one openly-licensed, library-licensed, or low-cost resource (required or optional) in a course they are teaching in Fall 2024, Spring 2025, or Summer 2025 OR create and use openly licensed ancillary materials (e.g., quiz questions, PowerPoint slides, etc.) for a course they are teaching in Fall 2024, Spring 2025, or Summer 2025 
  • Be willing to present on a panel at the Ohio OpenCon conference in Spring 2025 and/or at a future OhioLINK open textbook workshop, or other institution, if approved.
  • Provide OhioLINK Affordable Learning with a “testimonial” that shares the outcome from participating in the symposium and exploration of OER for your class. 

OhioLINK Spring 2024 OER Course Redesign Grants Timeline:

  • March 15 - Call for applications
  • April 19 - applications due (find the form here)
  • April 30 - award announcements made
  • May 20 - asynchronous class begins
  • June 14 - asynchronous class ends
  • July 19, 2024 - final requirements due

If you have any questions, please contact Anna Bendo.