UNO Libraries is excited to announce the next round of Affordable Content Grants @ UNO. This is a great opportunity to undertake a project that will help students while also allowing for increased customization of teaching materials for your course or courses. Dozens of UNO faculty have taken advantage of this program over the past three years. You can read about faculty experiences with these grants via our 2020 Textbook Mavericks honorees, Steffi Jesseau and Zac Suriano, and our 2021 honorees, Cameron Logsdon, Stephanie Larsen, and Abbie Syrek.
Spring Deadline: March 11, 2022
Applications are now available in the NuRamp system! To apply, log in to the system using your NetID. You can find the “Open Internal Competitions” list: Affordable Content Grants: OER@UNO – Spring 2022. 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 March 25, 2022.
Who Can Apply?
Full- or part-time faculty who are interested in converting their courses from traditionally published materials to low or no-cost materials are eligible to apply. We continue to encourage faculty who are interested in converting their general education curriculum to apply as well.
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.
Who Do I Contact for More Information?
Stephen Craig Finlay is our campus OER Coordinator and would be happy to meet or answer questions by email or phone (402.554.3211)
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