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Open Education Resources: OER

Pilot Program Grants

Alternatives to the use of traditional, commercial textbooks are emerging that offer the potential to reduce the cost of information access for students and provide an opportunity to enhance the teaching and learning experience for faculty and students with resources that are more customized and relevant.  

Starting in 2019, a pilot grant program will support this work.

More information on the submission process coming soon.


This initiative aims to benefit student learning and promote innovative teaching by focusing on these objectives:

  • Save students money by eliminating expensive, commercial textbooks
  • Improve student learning with curricular resources that are fully accessible and tailored for the Block Plan
  • Support faculty experimentation with customized educational resources
  • Share materials developed for the Block Plan with other educators worldwide who might benefit from our experience developing academically rigorous short format classes
  • Foster an institutional culture that supports open sharing of scholarship

Activities Supported

Participating faculty and instructors will select and implement new high quality and cost-effective content for their courses, with support and guidance from librarians, ITS: Educational Solutions, and other partners. These new materials might include:

  • Freely available open textbooks
  • Open education resources (including materials in Canvas Commons)
  • Library licensed resources such as e-journals and e-books
  • Materials that are out of copyright or obtained through lawful determinations of fair use (e.g. a course reader compiling readings on or by Plato)
  • Faculty created, openly licensed materials

Pilot grants will target some or all of these adoption levels of commitment:

Adopt – faculty members will incorporate an existing open textbook into their course 

Customize – faculty members will incorporate portions of existing open textbooks along with other freely available educational resources or with materials available through the library’s collections

Create – faculty members will write or compile their own open textbook, which will be available for other educators to use free of charge