OER Grants

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Killam Library was recently awarded a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute for Museum and Library Services for our proposal "Leveraging OER to Break Down Barriers to a College Education." This grant will allow the library to continue to address the issue of course material affordability at Hispanic-serving institutions.

One goal of this grant is to increase the adoption, adaptation, and creation of open educational resources. In an effort to reach this goal the library is providing funding for TAMIU faculty in the following categories:


Adopt

Adopt an existing textbook or other open educational resource.

Funding: $500 - $1,000

Adapt

Adapt one or more existing open educational resource(s).

Funding: $1,000 - $2,000

Create

Create or author a new open educational resource.

Funding: $2,000 - $4,000



Grant Applications

Killam Library is committed to reducing barriers to student success through the use of open educational resources. Reach out to the OER team to learn more about support and funding opportunities for adopting, adapting, or creating OER.

Preparing your Proposal

To apply for an OER Grant the following information will need to be provided:

  • Name
  • Email
  • TAMIU Department/Affiliation
  • Course
  • Number of Sections
  • Type of Grant
  • Current Textbook Title that an OER will be replacing
  • Project Description that includes:
    • A) Rationale for applying for the OER Grant that includes amount of funding needed and how that funding will be used
    • B) anticipated timeline of grant project that includes milestones towards completion and expected implementation semester
    • C) a description of how the use of open resources will improve your course
    • D) a description of how your project will contribute to the open education community

Any questions or concerns can be sent to elizabeth.dezouche@tamiu.edu.


Frequently Asked Questions

Submissions will be evaluated by members of the Killam Library OER Team. Awardees will be selected based on the narrative responses to the proposal questions, as well as:

  • Impact - strong consideration will be given to projects that offer the highest potential savings to TAMIU students (based on enrollment and current course material costs)
  • Quality and strength of the application and how well it meets requirements
  • Ability to adapt or produce a quality product and actively engage students in the learning process
  • Accessibility of resource/s implemented and/or delivered
  • Sustainability of the resource beyond initial use
  • Willingness and ability to apply an OER-compatible Creative Commons license to the finished product (if adapting or creating)
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion (how does the project advance these needs?)

Payment will be made in installments based on the achievement of milestones according to each grant proposals’ customized timeline.

Projects that include cross-institution collaboration will be considered, but main applicant must be an instructor at TAMIU. In addition, awardees must:

  • Teach the course at least twice using the newly adopted OER materials
  • Participate in a minimum of 1 check in meeting per semester of your grant project, not including final meeting at the project’s conclusion
  • If adapting or creating, share your work with an appropriate open license so that others can easily reuse and/or adapt
  • If adapting or creating, attend the OER Writing Workshop
  • Application of an OER-compatible Creative Commons license to the final product (if adapting or creating)
  • Provide finalized product/s for deposit into Pressbooks and RIO, including editable files
  • All materials created must meet WCAG 2.0 accessibility guidelines
  • Submission of a short project evaluation reflecting on experience of implementing OER and the outcomes of use, when known
  • Willingness to share experiences and findings with OER Working Group and peers
  • Awardees are strongly encouraged to assess and report findings
Each project will have its own deadlines and benchmarks that can be determined on a case-by-case basis and which should be outlined in the proposal.