As part of UNT's support for affordability, the UNT Libraries is pleased to announce a call for applications for OER Grants to support projects to be conducted during the 2021–2022 fiscal year to support use of open educational resources (OER) in UNT courses. This program, formerly called "OER Summer Grants", supports UNT faculty who do one or both of the following for a course that they expect to teach at UNT in the future:
- newly adopt or adapt an openly licensed textbook or other OER
- adopt, adapt, or create ancillary materials to an existing open textbook or other OER
The UNT Libraries can offer options for sharing newly created OER.
All full-time faculty (tenured, tenure-track, and lecturers) who would normally teach a course using a conventional textbook (that students must purchase or rent in print or electronically) are eligible to apply for a grant. However, for projects involving a course offered in multiple sections, the application must come from the course coordinator.
While merely adopting OER without modifying it does not lead the creation of any new intellectual property, adapting (modifying) existing OER or creating new material implicates UNT's policies on intellectual property. Recipients receiving a grant to adapt material or create new material will need to do one of the following:
- For courses taught at least 50% online, awardees will need work with DSI CLEAR to determine the appropriate category under UNT's Online Courseware Intellectual Property policy for work produced as part of this project. This must be done before accepting the award and beginning work.
- For other courses, awardees will need to disclose their planned work to Research Commercial Agreements to create a record of the new work owned by UNT, as required by UNT's Research Intellectual Property policy. This new work, except any answer keys meant for instructors, must be licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license, and a copy of the final product must be provided to Innovation and Commercialization for their records.
Other grant terms
Task payments of $1,000 to $5,000, depending on the amount of effort expected in adopting, adapting, or creating instructional material, will be awarded following the completion of work during a negotiated timeframe between September 1, 2021, and August 15, 2022. Limited funding is available to pay student wages and/or hire an editor to help with a project.
For courses taught at least 50% online, CLEAR will offer the assistance of an instructional design consultant for awardees planning to adapt existing material.
Recipients are expected to share their work products not only with UNT students through Canvas but also make them freely available and discoverable online. The UNT Libraries can offer options for sharing newly created OER. In addition, recipients are expected to present on their experiences during an event organized by the UNT Libraries to celebrate a future Open Education Week.
How to apply
To apply, please fill out the application form.
A committee of representatives from the UNT Libraries, the Office of the Core Curriculum, and DSI CLEAR review applications on a rolling basis, giving preference to applications that are expected to deliver the greatest cost savings to students (the number of students expected to enroll, multiplied by the average cost of the book being replaced).
If you have questions, please contact email@example.com
Interested instead in creating a new open textbook? See UNT Open Texts!
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