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Rod Library announces Regent OER Grant Program for faculty creation of Open Educational Resources (OER)

Posted 06/24/2021


In collaboration with University of Iowa Libraries and Iowa State University Parks Library, Rod Library announces a joint funding opportunity for the creation of Open Educational Resources (OER). The new Regents OER Grant Program will facilitate the development of OER, teaching and learning resources that are free of cost and access barriers and licensed for reuse. UNI provides an affordable education and when faculty use or create open course materials, they can address even more barriers to academic success. Findings from an April 2021 survey of 688 UNI students indicate: 

  • 61% reported sharing a book 
  • 48% reported avoiding purchase of required texts 
  • 29% reported changing sections or avoiding registering for a specific course/section due to textbook costs 
  • 19% reported dropping a course or taking fewer courses due to textbook costs 

In addition to addressing rising textbook costs and ensuring students have access to affordable texts from day one, Open Educational Resources provide an opportunity for creative and culturally responsive pedagogies.

There are two types of awards available to faculty teams through this program:

  • Full textbook projects (up to $7,500 per team member) 
  • Ancillary projects (create slides, case studies, test banks, or activities to accompany an existing open textbook; up to $1,500 per team member). 

Funded faculty teams will participate in a paid two-day training and "sprint" workshop during fall semester and will receive support from the Regents OER librarians throughout their project. Faculty are encouraged to apply with projects that meet one or more of the following criteria: impact a large number of students, replace expensive commercial course materials, include cross-institutional teams, and/or thoughtfully incorporate elements of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

For full Call for Proposals, application details, and evaluation rubric, see https://guides.lib.uni.edu/oer/authoring

Deadline: August 2, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. CST (noon). Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted.

The Regents OER Grant Program is available with support from the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER Fund), established in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Questions? Contact Anne Marie Gruber, Instruction & Liaison and OER Librarian

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