OER Funding Opportunities

By | November 22, 2016

Open Oregon Educational Resources is pleased to announce several OER funding opportunities. Funding is made available by the Oregon Community College Distance Learning Association via the Community College and Workforce Development Office of the HECC.

Eligibility: Applications for the funding described below are welcome from Oregon community college stakeholders. Teams can include members that are not affiliated with Oregon community colleges.

OER Adoption Grants

Funding is available for OER adoptions that will be implemented in winter and/or spring 2017. Applications are encouraged that adopt OER created through Open Oregon grants and/or that make a department-wide commitment to OER.

Adoption defined: Redesign your course to incorporate an existing open textbook or open course content without significant revision. The grants are designed to support adoption-related work but not for extensively redesigning the textbook or open course content.

Funding details: $500 per person, per course. Examples: 1 person, 3-course sequence = $1500. 10 people, 1 course = $5000.

Timeline: You must teach your course, using the open content adopted through the grant, during winter or spring 2017.

Completed application forms are due by Monday, December 12, 2016. Applicants will be notified by Monday, December 19, 2016. Projects must be completed and invoiced by June 1, 2017.

OER Research Group

Funding is available for OER research projects that will be conducted and reported on in winter and/or spring 2017. We will work as a cohort in order to coordinate training, find efficiencies, and amplify findings. Applications are encouraged from all community college roles, including faculty, librarians, staff, and administrators. (Students, please check with your college about whether it’s possible for you to be paid a stipend before applying.)

OER research defined: Measure the impact that OER have on teaching and learning. For best practices, see the Guidebook to Research on Open Educational Resources Adoption.

Funding details: $1500 per research project application. Teams with more than one member will divide the research funding.

Timeline: You must conduct and report on your research during winter or spring 2017.

Completed application forms are due by Monday, December 19, 2016. Applicants will be notified by Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Projects must be completed and invoiced by June 1, 2017.

OER Course Redesign Training

Funding is available for Oregon community college instructors to participate in a four-week online, asynchronous OER course redesign training in winter or spring 2017. This funding is not applicable to courses being redesigned with an OER Adoption Grant (apply for just one funding source per course).

OER course redesign defined: The goal of the training is to redesign an existing course using open materials in order to save students money. We will also explore open educational practices that encourage students to create or contribute to open content with a real-world purpose.

Funding details: $500 per person: $250 upon completion of training, and $250 upon completion of course redesign.

Timeline: Four training sessions will be offered during winter/spring 2017:

  • Winter 1: Jan 16-Feb 10
  • Winter 2: Feb 13-Mar 10
  • Spring 1: Apr 10-May 5
  • Spring 2: May 8-Jun 2

Completed registration forms for the first training session are due by Monday, January 9, 2017. Trainings will be filled on a rolling basis up until one week before the beginning of each session.


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