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OER Grant Programs



Departments

The efforts to encourage the awareness and use of A/OER materials across the University of Missouri System have begun to focus on department-level advocacy. To that end, a paid Faculty Advocate (FA) position was developed: an instructor within a department will receive OER training and will in turn facilitate workshops, one-to-one assistance, networking and inter-departmental collaboration around the creation of open-source materials. At the conclusion of the FA program, a department will be able to offer all introductory courses at zero-cost.

For more information, please visit the System website.

Open Textbook Reviews

There are a number of efforts to aid instructors in locating low- to zero-cost texts for their students. The Open Textbook Network is amongst the major endeavors to solicit instructors to write open textbooks. To support this venture, the System Initiative includes funding to compensate full-time faculty who read and review these open digital texts after attending an Open Textbook Network (OTN) Workshop, hosted by the Library. After completing and uploading a review, faculty are eligible for a $250 stipend.

The workshops will be held twice a day (10-11am and 3-4pm), in room 315 in the Thomas Jefferson Library. The dates for the 2019-20 academic year have just been announced:

  • Sept 19th, 2019, Thursday
  • Nov 19th, 2019, Tuesday
  • Jan 23rd, 2020, Thursday
  • March 16th, 2020, Monday
  • May 21st, 2020, Thursday

For more information, please visit the Library website.

Other Grants

The initiative solicited applications for the adoption of affordable or open materials from the Spring of 2017 to the Spring of 2019. While funding may be still be granted, applications will be now be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year.

For more information, please visit the System website.