OER Support Program
This a competitive award program for individual faculty and faculty teams to create and adopt open and zero-cost textbooks. Faculty can apply for support for OER projects in the form of course reassigned time or credit hour-based stipends.
The following is a description of main features of the program, the types of projects supported by this funding, and instructions on how to apply.
- Competitive award program for individual faculty members and faculty teams.
- Full time and part time faculty. Part time faculty can apply with a FT faculty member and/or with a letter of support from division dean and department chair.
- Faculty can apply for support in the form of course reassigned time or stipend to develop and/or adopt open textbooks.
- Reassigned time projects are limited to five (5) per semester.
- Stipend projects are awarded based on available budgeted funding as determined by the OER Steering Committee.
NOTE: Faculty often ask if they have to be apply for a grant project to work on OER. Some people want to work at their own pace and do not want the obligation. Of course, that is just fine! You’ll get the same support whether you have a grant award or not. Contact us to help you with your project!
Important Dates 2020-2021
Textbook adoption deadlines:
October 15, 2020 for Spring 2021
March 15, 2021 for Summer 2021
April 15, 2021 for Fall 2021
OER Applications are solicited in the Fall and Spring semesters for the following term.
Reassigned time projects deadlines:
For Spring 2021 (Due to scheduling and budgeting, only projects continuing from Fall 20 will be funded for SP2021):
Sept 24, 2020. Deans notified Oct 1, 2020.
For Fall 2021:
January 21, 2021. Deans notified February 1, 2021.
Stipend project deadlines:
For Spring 2021: October 26, 2020. (Deans notified November 2, 2020)
For Summer 2021: March 10, 2021 (Deans notified April 30, 2021)
For Fall 2021: April 10, 2021 (Deans notified April 30, 2021)
Applications are reviewed by the OER Steering committee. Applicants may be invited to talk with the committee about their application.
- All applicants must attend a one hour briefing on Open Educational Resources prior to submitting an application. Briefing dates will be announced when the RFA is released.
- Applicants are encouraged to talk with a member of the OER Steering Committee about their application.
- Applicants should notify their Dean of their intent to apply for an OER Support Grant.
- Applications must include a timeline with milestone dates of how and when the work will be completed and ready for adoption in COD classes.
- An impact statement must accompany each grant application. This statement describes how students will benefit and includes projected student savings, how many courses would use the materials, enrollment impact, how student success may be improved, etc.
- Applicants should discuss how the OER project outcome will be shared with and promoted to other faculty members.
- Successful applicants are expected to submit regular progress reports and provide evidence of the completed project. (A support person or team will be assigned to grant recipients and will meet regularly with them.)
- Completed projects will be published with an open license, when applicable, along with attribution to the faculty authors and the College of DuPage.
- An adoption report must completed. This report states when the funded project will be adopted in courses to facilitate tracking of student savings.
Project Types 2020-2021
Reassigned Time Project Types
For individuals and group. Groups of two or more faculty are strongly encouraged. Five (5) reassigned time projects are granted in Fall and in Spring semesters. For faculty teams, each member will received reassigned time or reassigned time with stipend in consecutive semester order. Faculty who intend to take overload teaching hours while working on an OER project should explain in their application why the overload is necessary. Rewrite.
Remix/Reuse OER (One course release, two semesters maximum)
[Fall + Spring; Spring + Fall.; Spring + 3-hour Summer Stipend;]
Faculty will identify a selection of OER sources to remix/reuse, combine these materials into a single work, add original work as needed, and publish the final product in the COD Digital Press. Evidence of preliminary research and a list of promising OER materials should be identified and listed in the application. Faculty can apply for stipend support in subsequent semesters to develop ancillary materials such as test banks and study guides for their OER text. Progress will be evaluated at the end of each semester by the OER Steering Committee. Example project.
Original Writing (One or two course/s release, two semesters plus a 3 hour stipend maximum, in consecutive semester order.)
[Fall + Spring + Summer Stipend; Spring + Summer Stipend + Fall; Fall + Spring; Spring + Fall]
OER materials are not available for every discipline and specialized course taught at COD. Faculty will write completely original textbook materials in discipline areas in which suitable open materials are not available. Applicants will include an evaluation of all OER in the subject area in their application materials and describe the gap in the available openly licensed materials. Faculty can apply for stipend support in subsequent semesters to develop ancillary materials such as test banks and study guides for their OER text. Progress will be evaluated at the end of each semester by the OER Steering Committee.
Individuals and groups are encouraged to apply for stipend projects in Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. Stipends are paid at the overload rate and are disbursed at the end of the semester. Two-semester project stipends will be evenly split over the length of the project. When applicable, faculty teams should note the total number of hours for the project and determine how the hours should be distributed among group members.
Fast Track Projects
These projects are completed in one semester. If applicable, adoption of OER materials occurs in the following semester or the next time the course is offered at COD.
Resource List Development Project (1 hour stipend per faculty member, one semester maximum)
Groups Preferred. Faculty will research available openly licensed and freely available copyrighted materials to develop a resource list to replace a textbook. This resource list will be shared with division faculty on a public website or in the COD Digital Press. Example project: English 1101 / English 1102
As-is OER Adoption Project (3 hour stipend, one semester maximum)
Faculty will choose a complete textbook from a reputable source such as OpenStax or a complete text with strong positive reviews on the Open Textbook Library. Faculty make necessary alterations (such as reordering or removing chapters) to meet their course objectives, revise their course materials, and adopt the text in the following semester that the course is taught. The text must be selected and the plan for development submitted as part of the application materials. Faculty can apply for a continuing project to adopt or to create ancillary materials for their OER text.
Zero-Cost Projects (3 hour stipend, one semester maximum.)
OER is not sufficiently available in all subject areas. Development of a resource list of library-owned, openly licensed, and freely available copyrighted works to directly replace a required textbook. The resulting zero cost to student work will be published in the Digital Press, on the library website, or another venue which facilitates access by students and COD faculty.
OER Ancillaries Development (1-3 hour stipend, one semester maximum)
Faculty who have previously adopted an Open textbook will develop ancillary materials to complement the text such as test banks and study guides.
Two-Semester Stipend Projects
Total stipend amount will be evenly divided over the course of the project with installments paid at the end of each semester. Faculty teams share the total stipend amount. Progress will be evaluated by the OER Steering Committee at the end of each semester.
- Remix/Reuse (6 hour stipend, one semester + a continuing 4 hour stipend for one semester. Maximum: 10 hours. ) [Fall + Spring; Spring + Summer; Spring + Fall.]
Teams of two or more faculty strongly encouraged. Faculty will identify a variety of Open sources to remix/reuse, combine these materials into a single work, add original work as needed, and publish the final product in the COD Digital Press. Preliminary research on OER materials should be conducted and materials reviewed should be listed in the application. Final work must be published in the COD Digital Press.
- Original Writing (5 hour stipend, two semesters, with continuing 3 hour stipend for one semester. Maximum: 15 hours) [Fall + Spring; Spring + Summer; Spring + Fall.]
Faculty are encouraged to write original textbook materials in discipline areas in which suitable OER content is not available. Successful applicants will include an evaluation of all OER in the subject area in their application materials and describe the gap in the available openly licensed materials. Final work must be published in the COD Digital Press.
- Textbook Peer Review. $300.00 one-time stipend. Attend a one hour workshop and publish a peer review of a textbook on the Open Textbook Network. Stipend paid when review is published.
- Support for conference and for-fee workshop attendance.
- Workshop series or full course for credit via the Faculty Professional Development Committee.
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