Stipend Project Types
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 stipend hours for the project then determine how the hours should be distributed among group members.
NOTE: Attending a workshop on the basics of OER is required for all applicants.
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. The project outcome will be a resource list that focuses on library-owned materials to completely replace a textbook. The resulting zero cost to student work will be published in BlackBoard, on the library website, or another venue which facilitates access by students and departmental faculty. Example Projects: Spanish 1100, OFTI 1203.
OER Ancillaries Development (1-3 hour stipend, one semester maximum)
Faculty who are currently using 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. )
[Timelines: 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 or made publicly available on a COD website. Example Project
Original Writing (5 hour stipend, two semesters, with continuing 3 hour stipend for one semester. Maximum: 13 hours)
[Timelines: Fall + Spring + Summer; Spring + Summer + Fall; Summer + Fall + Spring]
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 thoroughly describe the gap in available openly licensed materials. Final work must be published in the COD Digital Press or made publicly available on a COD website. Example Project
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