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 is April 30, 2020.
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.
To apply, the applicants submit the following materials:
- Course information: course name, number, section/s, average enrollment.
- Proposal with detailed project description and scope including explicit articulation of how you plan to adopt an existing open educational resource, adapt existing materials, or create your own materials.
- Discuss platform you will use or propose to use for this project, and if the proposed OER is central or peripheral to the course
- Description of assessment and evaluations methods for project and student learning
- Description of potential impact on the student experience and total projected cost saving to student
- A brief statement of support from the faculty member’s department chair
- Completed submissions will be evaluated by members of the WVU Libraries OER Committee. Awardees will be selected based on the narrative responses to the proposal question as well as this rubric.
- Impact of project that offers the highest potential saving to WVU students
- Quality and strength of the application and requirements
- Sustainability of the resource beyond initial use
- Innovative teaching/learning activities
- Sign/agree to a grant award letter and contract.
- Attend a post award half-day workshop to learn about ways to locate OERs, discuss open licensing and copyright, and answer questions about technological and research support.
- Write a final grant report that includes a narrative summarizing the accomplishments and challenges of your experience using the materials as well as the impact on your teaching and student performance.
- Provide monthly updates pertaining to OER development process to be shared with OER and TLC Grant Committee members
- Survey students at the end of the semester in which you utilize the new course materials to assess their experience.
- Deposit any openly licensed materials created, including syllabus, into an appropriate open repository (e.g. the Research Repository @ WVU, Open Textbook Library, OER Commons, etc.).
- License developed materials with an appropriate Creative Commons license (link to CC will be here) of the grantee’s choice.
- Participate in the WVUL/TLC OER Grant Poster Presentation during Celebrate, May 2021 and deposit posters in the Research Repository @ WVU.
- Participate in assessment of the grant program
Call for applications: January 23, 2020
Deadline for applications: March 31, 2020
OER Grant Committee meets to determine OER Faculty Grant Awardees and provide feedback: April 24, 2020
Notification of Winners: TLC “Celebrate” May 2020
Date June 2020: Awardees attend half-day workshop WVU Morgantown Campus
Date: 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