Affordable/OER Course Redesign Workshop

Please schedule a pre-application consultation to apply. Application Deadline: October 21. 2021.

These workshops provide faculty with a “Sprint” style opportunity to work on converting courses to an affordable/open format. Classes that do not require a full/complete traditional textbook are excellent candidates for this program. Instructors will utilize open educational resources, free online resources, and electronic library materials as class teaching resources. They can also create resources and license them openly as part of this program.

The program goals are to

  • provide students with access to affordable course content in place of traditional textbooks,
  • to support faculty teaching innovation by assisting instructors in locating course materials and helping them design courses that complement teaching goals and learning objectives

Accepted participants agree to:

  1. Attend (in-person) four scheduled working group sessions. These have been scheduled over a four-week time frame during the spring term.
  2. Review an OER Textbook listed in the Open Textbook Library and submit the review to the Open Textbook Library using a provided link.
  3. Complete brief online course modules before attending each workshop session.
  4. Complete an outline and project plan before arriving for the first workshop so that all workshop time can be as productive as possible. During these sessions (2-hour time blocks), program participants will find and review available resources, find or create required graphics, develop supplemental resources needed for the course, such as slides, test banks, worksheets, homework, solution manuals, etc. Librarians and instructional designers will be available at each session to assist.
  5. Submit a final course outline and final bibliography of course resources, including any resources they created and openly licensed during the sprint workshops. Resources created by participants will be ingested into the institutional repository as supplemental/ancillary resources.

Participants will be paid in two installments. The first ($1000), after attending the four required workshops; the second ($500) after they have taught the course using the resources and submitted the final reflection report. Participants will be required to openly license all resources created as part of the workshop program.

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