Open Educational Resources Grants
A first-year summary of the 2016 pilot was released in March 2017. It concludes that SFU students saved $230,000 in textbook costs as a result of the 10 projects funded by the OER Grants program in 2016.
The Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants provide funding and staff support to SFU faculty members who wish to integrate open educational resources into their courses.
The grants were established with funding from the Office of the Vice-President, Academic, and Provost and are administered jointly by the SFU Library and the Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC). Faculty members may receive up to $5,000 to help them redesign a course to use OER as their primary course material, and to help them adopt and/or adapt open textbooks and other OER for that purpose.
In addition to the funding provided by these grants, staff from the SFU Library and the TLC will be available to assist recipients in locating, evaluating and adapting high-quality open resources as an alternative to commercial course materials.
Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- The extent to which they include curation and customization of open educational resources that will be freely and openly shared throughout and beyond SFU
- Their potential impact on student experience in the form of high-quality materials, maximum access (e.g., Creative Commons licenses), open and innovative pedagogy, and cost savings to students
- The inclusion of plans to re-use open educational resources in courses in subsequent semesters