OhioLINK Open Course Redesign Grants help faculty use no-cost-to-student OER and library-owned materials for teaching

Nov 1, 2022

In its second round of Affordable Learning Open Course Redesign Grants, OhioLINK will help 30 faculty members from 19 Ohio higher education institutions explore teaching with no-cost-to-student course materials.

The small award compensates faculty for participation in a three-week online training course on Open Educational Resources (OER) and provides a personalized review of their course syllabus with an OER-specialist librarian. The consultation with the librarian helps identify specific OER and/or library resources that would meet the instructor’s learning objectives.

After completing the training and syllabus review, instructors will be able to use at least one open-licensed or library-licensed resource in their courses as early as summer semester 2023.

Congratulations to the following faculty who will receive funding to use open and adaptable teaching materials across a wide range of humanities, social sciences, and STEM curriculum:

  • Denise Kohn, Baldwin Wallace University
  • Brittany P. Brake, Central State University
  • Milene Donlin, Daniel Zimmer, & Kelly Hubbard, Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
  • Brittany Coomes, Patience Olajide, Clark State Community College
  • Sam Cai, Defiance College
  • Susan Engel, Christina Marty, Eastern Gateway Community College
  • Kathleen Maretka, Hiram College
  • Axel Brandt, Shurong (Rebecca) Fang, John Carroll University
  • Qunxing Ding, Kent State University - East Liverpool
  • Melissa Owen, Kent State University - Geauga
  • Mariah Morales, Wendy Stone Scott, & Michelle Yuhasz, Lorain County Community College
  • Nancy Hinzman, Lindsey Stewart, Mount Saint Joseph University
  • Robert Wilson, Ohio Dominican University
  • David McClough, Trilisa Perrine, Ohio Northern University
  • Megan Chawansky, Otterbein University
  • Sean Stewart, Owens Community College
  • Christopher Meade, Darrell Rudmann, Shawnee State University
  • Therese Revlock, Stark State College
  • Bryant Gilbert, Susan Markel, Zane State College

In March 2022, OhioLINK awarded funding to 29 faculty from 15 Ohio colleges in the pilot of Affordable Learning Open Course Redesign Grants. Using information submitted by grant applicants, OhioLINK estimated that the grants could save more than 4,000 students as much as $300,000 per year as a result of instructors switching to OER or library materials to teach their classes. Response from the first cohort of grantees was overwhelmingly positive and has led many instructors not only to convert their other courses to no-cost teaching materials but to educate and advocate for teaching with OER across their departments and campuses.

About OhioLINK
Established in 1992, the Ohio Library and Information Network (OhioLINK) is Ohio’s statewide academic library consortium. OhioLINK provides shared digital resources that support research, teaching, and learning through 117 libraries at 88 institutions of higher education and the State Library of Ohio. In addition, OhioLINK manages collaborative efforts aimed at reducing the cost of higher education for students. OhioLINK is a member of the Ohio Technology Consortium (OH-TECH) within the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Learn more at OhioLINK.edu.