Apply Now for the OER Transformation Grant!

To reduce textbook and course material costs primarily through the adoption, adaptation and creation of free Open Educational Resources (OER), Harper College has allocated strategic plan funding for OER Transformation Grants. These grants are intended to support faculty efforts to reduce the costs associated with textbooks and course materials while maintaining high quality course design and instruction.

If you are interested in replacing costly textbooks and course materials for your course(s) with OER or low-cost/no-cost alternatives for students, this grant opportunity is for you.

Grant Categories

Three levels of funding are available to replace textbook/course material costs with OER or free/low-cost course resources. Stipends are paid following the first semester of implementation and submission of a Faculty OER Survey (completion report).

  1. Adopt (adopt an existing OER course or textbook, as is or with modifications)
    • Up to $500 stipend per faculty member on grant team
  2. Adapt (combine two or more existing OER courses or textbooks, as is or with modifications)
    • Up to $1,500 stipend per faculty member on grant team adapting resources
    • Additional team members may participate at the Adopt level
  3. Build (create new OER from scratch and/or a wide variety of open resources)
    • Up to $2,500 stipend per faculty member on grant team building resources
    • Additional team members may participate at the Adopt level
Grant Proposal Procedures
  • Complete the Grant Proposal Form.
  • Share your proposal with your division dean and request a signature of support.
  • Applications will be reviewed beginning in mid-September on a rolling basis.
Priority
  • Priority will be given to proposals that have the greatest financial impact on the largest number of students between Spring 2020 through Fall 2020.
  • Priority will be given to proposals that use OER (openly licensed and shared content).
  • Priority will be given to proposals from disciplines across the College.
  • Priority will be given to proposals that reflect a collaborative approach. Multiple proposals for the same course will be asked to consider combining their efforts into a single proposal.
  • Priority will be given to 0-15 courses.

Proposals must project student savings that are greater than or equal to the grant award amount.

Expectations of Grant Recipients

Grant recipients agree to:

  • Begin implementation of OER or free/low-cost content by Fall 2020.
  • Update bookstore adoption list to reflect OER materials selection.
  • Adopt OER or free/low-cost content for a minimum of three consecutive semesters.
  • Review the digital Harper College OER Training resource.
  • Consult with an instructional designer to develop a plan for digital accessibility of resources, copyright compliance, and content hosting.
  • Submit a Faculty OER Survey (completion report) at the end of the first semester of implementation. The Office of Institutional Research will also collect aggregated student outcomes data from course sections impacted through this grant and administer a survey to students in impacted sections.

Application Deadline: November 30, 2019

Are you interested in learning more about OER? Not sure where to start? Learn more.

Questions? Please contact the Academy at 847.925.6174, academy@harpercollege.edu.