UNO Libraries in partnership with Digital Learning are pleased to announce the first recipients of their Affordable Content Grants: OER@UNO. These grants support faculty across campus to transition from traditional course materials to low or no cost materials.
The thirteen recipients are:
- Lissette Aliaga-Linares (Sociology/Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences) for Sociology 3510: Research Methods
- Mahboub Baccouch (Mathematics, College of Arts and Sciences) for Math 2350: Differential Equations
- Melanie Bloom and Tara Toscano (Foreign Languages, College of Arts and Sciences) for Spanish 3030: Spanish Conversation and Pronunciation
- Margarette Christensen (English, College of Arts and Sciences) for English 2420: Critical Approaches to Language Studies
- Ashlee Dere (Geography/Geology, College of Arts and Sciences) for Geology 4330/8336: Soil Genesis, Morphology & Class
- Jennifer Harbour (Black Studies, College of Arts and Sciences) for Black Studies 2410/2420/2430: African American History I-III
- Liam Heerten-Rodriguez (Grace Abbott School of Social Work, College of Public Affairs and Community Service) for Social Work 8270: Social Work Practice with Sexual Concerns
- Stephanie Jesseau (Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences) for Psychology 1010: Introduction to Psychology I
- Jeff Knapp (Grace Abbott School of Social Work, College of Public Affairs and Community Service) for Social Work 8090: Social Welfare Policy
- Jeremy Lipschultz (School of Communication, College of Communication, Fine Arts and Media) for Journalism and Media Communication 4040/8046: Social Media Measurement and Management
- Steven Schulz (Management, College of Business Administration) for Supply Chain Management 4350/Business Administration 8356: Global Sourcing and Innovation
- Zac Suriano (Geography/Geology, College of Arts and Sciences) for Geography 1050: Human-Environment Geography
- Andrea Wiggins (Information Systems & Quantitative Analysis, College of Information Science and Technology) for Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis 3420: Managing in a Digital World
Open Educational Resources, strictly defined, are teaching, learning, and research materials that are free for people everywhere to use and repurpose. This can include textbooks, videos, images, lectures, and more. They are typically in the public domain or utilize Creative Commons licensing rather than the traditional all-rights-reserved copyright. In addition to these resources, UNO is encouraging the use of materials that are free for students to access, including library materials and freely available online resources.
Affordable Content Grants recipients receive a stipend to update their course with freely available, quality materials, and support from the OER Coordinator and library subject specialists throughout the conversion process.
The interest in these programs has been heartening as we continue to identify ways to assist students with college affordability. Many faculty members at UNO are already utilizing no cost and low cost options (defined locally as $40 or less on course materials). If you are teaching courses that would fit these designations, please reach out to Tonya Ferrell; we would like to highlight your work.
Affordable Content Grants for those interested in transitioning away from traditional course materials will continue to be offered, with the next deadline on September 9. Applications in the MavGrants system will open later this summer, but application questions and the scoring rubric can be found now at our OER Research Guide.
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