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The cost of textbooks has become a significant barrier to student success and learning. The goal of the ETSU Open Educational Resources Awards is to encourage instructor experimentation and innovation in finding new, better, and less costly ways to deliver learning materials to their students through open educational resources (OERs) in ETSU classrooms.
Open in this context means free plus rights to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute, which is generally accomplished through a Creative Commons license. There are 3 models through which OER may be implemented: adoption of an existing open resource or textbook, adaption of existing resources to local needs, and creation of a new resource to fill a gap in suitable materials. Each model requires an investment in time and effort to identify materials and adjust the course to new material. The third model, creation of new resources, can be quite time consuming. Since cost impact is a primary goal of the award, consideration will also be given to affordable proposals in the adopt category. Affordable in this context means using materials freely available to our students which are not and cannot be licensed as Open, such as articles and resources available through library databases. General information about OERs are available at https://libraries.etsu.edu/research/oer.
|Individuals||Departments & Programs|
|Adopt an existing open textbook (or other OER or Affordable resources)||Up to $1,000||Up to $3,000|
|Adapt existing open educational resources to your instructional needs||Up to $2,500||Up to $5,000|
|Create an open educational resource where none currently exist||Up to $5,000||Up to $10,000|
NOTE: Amount of award will be dependent upon the Selection Criteria stated below.
Any instructor of record for a course at ETSU is eligible for funding. Funds cannot be used to cover purchase of commercial electronic versions of textbooks, rentals of textbooks, or for already adopted open texts.
The Charles C. Sherrod Library's Student Advisory Council voted to use funding from the student library fee to pay for the awards. The awards are managed by Sherrod Library and the Center for Teaching Excellence. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions about the ETSU OER Awards.
Complete submissions will be evaluated by representatives from Sherrod Library and Center for Teaching Excellence. Awardees will be selected based on the narrative responses to the proposal questions, as well as:
Complete the OER Awards Program Application before the appropriate deadline.
Deadlines are based on the semester you intend to implement the open or affordable resources in your course. OER Awards Program has three deadlines during the 2019-2020 academic year:
August 2 for implementation in Fall 2019 or beyond
November 1 for implementation in Spring 2020 or beyond
March 27 for implementation in Summer 2020 or beyond
Charles C. Sherrod Library and the Center for Teaching Excellence are available to advise you in the process, including finding, creating, evaluating, and implementing OERs in your courses. Please email email@example.com if you would like assistance prior to submitting the award proposal.
Awardees are expected to comply with several provisions designed to ensure the openness and availability of the funded project, as well as provide feedback to inform assessment of the awards. Awardees agree to the following conditions:
Generally, half of an award will be distributed at the beginning of the project and the remainder upon completion or implementation of the OER in the classroom. Awardees will be informed via email.
Applicants will be informed of the decisions via email three weeks after the deadline. Award notifications will include an MOU and additional paperwork needed for the distribution of funds. The first half of the award will be distributed after both parties have signed the paperwork. The second half of the award will be distributed after the submission of deliverables (assessments, submissions to Digital Commons@ETSU) due a month after the close of the semester of OER use.