New Open Educational Resources Support Program
We’re excited to announce that we are accepting applications for the Open Educational Resources Support Program — a new program sponsored by the Provost, Gwen Chapman, and the University Librarian, Rebecca Graham administered by the Open and Affordable Course Content Task Force. U of G faculty and instructors can apply for financial grants as well as non-monetary support for the creation, adaptation, or adoption of an open educational resource (OER) for one or more of their courses.
OERs are educational materials, like textbooks, videos, and test banks, that are openly licensed and freely available for anyone to use. As an alternative to traditional textbooks, OERs can be tailored to the unique structure of a course and its contents. Integrating OERs into courses also supports the reduction of financial barriers to education for students by removing the need to purchase a commercial textbook.
The OER Support Program aims to alleviate some of the obstacles associated with OER development by providing the means for recipients to secure the tools, expertise, labour and/or time needed to successfully create or adopt an OER for their course.
Applying for the OER Support Program
Instructors and faculty who are interested in developing OERs for their courses are encouraged to complete an OER Support Program application. A range of monetary grants are available for OER adaptations as well as more ambitious creation projects. With the initial level of funding, the expectation is for support in a typical year to cover two OER adaptation projects and a single OER creation. Non-monetary supports are also available, and instructors adopting OER for their courses are encouraged to apply to ensure successful coordination of support throughout their project.
Applications will close on Monday, June 14, 2021, at 5 p.m.
Learn more about OERs at U of G:
- Read how Wendy Keenleyside, course instructor and coordinator, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, successfully adopted OERs into her courses at U of G.
- Hear U of G instructors describe why Open Education and OERs are important for active learning.
- Check out the results of TextbookBroke: Findings of a University of Guelph student survey on textbook purchasing behaviours and outcomes.
Ask us. We’re happy to help.