Grants for Integration of Open Educational Resources and Affordable Course Materials

Each year the cost of higher education rises. Tuition and fees are commonly recognized as barriers to higher education, but the unexpected costs of reading and study materials are a burden for students as well. As a result, students resort to cost mitigating strategies that have a negative impact on their education. Students may avoid certain courses due to expensive required materials, purchase outdated texts, share texts with classmates, or turn to other strategies.

To address the high cost of these academic resources, faculty are invited to apply to newly available funding to support the incorporation of quality open and affordable course materials. Faculty interested in implementing a new curricular resource strategy may receive funds in amounts from $500-$1000. Funds will be awarded for projects that adapt, adopt, or build open and affordable materials.

These funds can support a variety of efforts towards the reduction of costly course materials, including:

  • The development of original teaching materials

  • The integration of publicly accessible articles or text

  • The incorporation of library materials available through subscriptions

Applications for the Spring 2018 grants will be made available December 2018. All applications must be submitted by February 16, 2018. Decisions will be released by March 1, 2018. Consultations with Librarians or Instructional Designers are encouraged prior to application submission.

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Thank you,

Academic Technology, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Library and the Rabb School

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