Funding still remains as part of President Smatresk's new affordability initiatives in Spring 2021 for the 2021 competition for OER Summer Grants, a program to support use of open educational resources (OER) in UNT courses. Grants support 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 offers options for hosting newly created OER content.
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.
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 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.
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 Summer 2021.
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 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, CLEAR, and Curricular Innovation & Academic Partnerships are reviewing 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested instead in creating a new open textbook? See UNT Open Texts!
- Nicolae Anghel (Mathematics): $500 for MATH 3410
- Junhua Ding (Information Science): $500 for INFO 5502
- Matthew Heard (English): $2,000 for ENGL 1310
- Brian K. McFarlin (Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation / Biological Sciences): $2,000 for KINE 3030 (declined)