Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources

Research shows that a typical college student spends between $600 and $1,200 a year on books and supplies. At these rates, reducing or eliminating textbook costs could be the equivalent of giving Harper students their fourth semester free! The Academy for Teaching Excellence provides assistance and information on current best practices for implementing OER in courses.

OER Transformation Grant

Purpose of 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

Two 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 Student Impact Report.

  1. Standard Scale (fewer than 500 students impacted annually)
    • $1,500 stipend per faculty member on grant team
    • $3,000 maximum awarded for each team
  2. Large Scale (500 or more students impacted annually – or – entire department implements OER for course identified)
    • $1,500 stipend per faculty member on grant team
    • $7,500 maximum awarded for each team

Grant applicants will indicate whether their proposal is for a no cost or low cost implementation model.

  1. No cost – $0 student expenses beyond standard course tuition/fees.
  2. Low cost – $40 maximum per student expenses beyond standard course tuition/fees.
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 on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.
  • Priority will be given to proposals that have the greatest financial impact on the largest number of students between Spring 2019 through Fall 2019.
  • 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:

  • Adopt OER or free/low-cost content for a minimum of three consecutive semesters.
  • Participate in a required OER grant orientation session.
  • Submit a Student Impact 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.
  • Consult with the Library and Academy Instructional Designers to ensure copyright compliance, accessibility of resources, etc.

Interested in OER?

Are you interested in learning more about OER? Not sure where to start? Please contact Dave Braunschweig, Professor, Computer Information Systems and Chair for the OER Task Force at