OER Review & Adoption Grants

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These are grants for PSU instructors who are interested in reducing the cost of textbooks in one of their courses, and whose textbook needs could potentially be filled by converting to OER.

 

OER Review Grants

Who is eligible PSU instructors who currently use a commercial textbook in one or more of their courses.
Description Review an open textbook that could be a possible replacement for the commercial textbook that you use. The textbook must be approved by the Open CoLab. If you would like us to select a textbook for your review, we are happy to do that as well.
Deliverable A review (400 words or more) of the open textbook explaining its strengths and weaknesses, and offering your ideas on how it could be helpful to PSU faculty in your field who want to incorporate more open resources into their courses. Review will be posted publicly on the CoLab website under an open license. Review due by June 1, 2020.
Grant amount $100, paid upon receipt of deliverable
Number available Four

OER Adoption Grants

Who is eligible PSU instructors who currently use a commercial textbook in one or more of their courses.
Description Swap out a commercial textbook for the open textbook of your choice and achieve cost reduction in student expense for learning materials in that course. Swaps may be made in S20 or F21, but deliverable is due by May 1, 2020.
Deliverable Evidence from Banner showing original cost and new cost and copy of syllabus with OER addition.
Grant amount $750, paid upon receipt of deliverable
Number available Two

Applications are taken on a rolling basis and grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Anyone who fits the requirements is eligible to apply.

If you do not use a commercial textbook in your courses, but you want to be funded to explore OER in your courses, please apply to the Cluster Pedagogy Learning Community; if you want to create OER or develop your use of open pedagogy, the CPLC is a good option for that as well. OER Review & Adoption Grants are intended for people to make simpler conversions from commercial textbooks to open textbooks; we recognize that this can still take faculty time and labor, and that these swaps can have significant positive impact on student success.

 
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