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OER Grant Application

WVU Libraries and Teaching and Learning Commons Open Educational Resources Grant

About the Grant

Faculty Spotlight - Read about Dr. Christopher McClain, one of last year's grant recipients.

The grant is open to all instructors from the Morgantown, Tech, and Potomac State campuses with the support of the department chair and Dean’s Office. The deadline for the 2020-2021 Grant Program applications and proposals has passed. 

The goal of the OER Grant Initiative is to encourage instructor experimentation and innovation in finding new/ and potentially better and less costly ways to deliver learning materials to their students through open educational resources. Open in this context means free plus reuse rights, which is generally accomplished through a “Creative Commons” license.

There are 3 models through which OER may be implemented:


Proposals in this category will replace an existing commercial textbook with a no- or low-cost alternative such that total textbook costs for the course are less than $50.00. Priority will be given to proposals that utilize existing openly licensed materials which impact the largest amount of students. Examples: Use an Open Textbook Network mathematics textbook in Math 121 or an Open SUNY composition textbook in English 609. Range $300.00 - $500.00.


Proposals in this category will replace a commercial textbook with an open textbook and use freely licensed materials to bridge the gap in available resources through remix of new and/or existing openly licensed content. Example: Compile an introductory textbook for genetics by incorporating revised openly available works with chapters from an OER Commons textbook and create ancillary materials and homework, or compile an anthology of public domain poetry from Project Gutenberg to replace an edited volume and create your own annotations and assignments." Range $1500.00 - $2500.00.


Proposals in this category will create a new OER where there is currently no sufficient OER available to meet your learning objectives. Examples: Author a new openly licensed textbook or collaborate with students on the creation of a new textbook. Range $2500.00 - $3500.00.

Application Process

To apply, the applicants submit the following materials:

Selection Criteria

Participation Requirements

Timeline 2020-2021

Call for applications: January 23, 2020

Deadline for applications: May 11, 2020

OER Grant Committee meets to determine OER Faculty Grant Awardees and provide feedback: April 24, 2020

Notification of Winners: Early June

TBD: Awardees attend half-day workshop WVU Morgantown Campus

August 2020 – Awardees begin monthly updates with Teaching and Learning Commons and WVU Libraries Library Liaisons.

May 2021 – Participation in Teaching and Learning “Celebrate” poster session

May 2021 - Cohort meeting share program feedback and recommendations