Fall Deadline: October 12, 2020
This fall OER grants will focus on converting general education courses with a long-term goal to create a low- or no-cost pathway for students completing their general education requirements. Applications are now available in the NuRamp system. To apply, log in to the system using your NetID. You can find the Affordable Content Grants: OER@UNO – Fall 2020 applications under Internal Competitions. Applicants who are interested in viewing the full grant rubric can visit our OER Research Guide. Grant funds will vary based on the scope of the project with $1,000-$2,500 for single section conversions and a maximum of $10,000 for large-scale, multi-section course conversions. Grant recipients will be notified by October 26, 2020.
Who Can Apply?
Full- or part-time faculty who are interested in converting their general education curriculum from traditionally published materials to low or no cost materials are eligible to apply.
Why is Affordable Content Important?
In addition to the financial benefits for students, affordable content encourages a level playing field in which all students have access to materials on the first day of class. There is also research that indicates OER can help with retention and GPA while increasing opportunities for creative pedagogical approaches.
What is Affordable Content?
Affordable content is anything that is no cost to students. This can include any of the vast OER resources available, library eBooks and journal articles, free content available online, content you’ve created, and more! In order for courses to qualify for the grant, total costs to students must be less than $40/semester.
What if I want to convert a course that isn’t general education?
The Office of Digital Learning offers Online Course Development Grants that include additional funding for those that implement OER or affordable content in their courses.
Who Do I Contact for More Information?
Tonya Ferrell is the campus OER Coordinator and is happy to meet or answer questions about affordable content and the grants by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (402.554.3924).
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