Open Educational Resources Grants


  • An impact on students and learning
    A Year Two Summary Report was released on April 12, 2018. It describes program activity during 2017, including an estimate of the total savings in textbook costs by students as a result of the nine funded projects. Download the summary.

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that have been made freely available and are openly licensed with legal permissions to use, adapt and share their content. Examples include open textbooks, videos, lesson plans, learning modules, full-length courses and more.

OER adoptions are gaining momentum in higher education as a means of making learning more affordable and accessible for students and creating new opportunities for instructors to adapt and customize resources for their teaching practice and subject area.

At SFU, Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants provide funding of up to $5,000 along with staff support to help faculty members redesign a course to adopt or adapt open textbooks or other OER as their primary course material. The OER 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).

Staff from the SFU Library and the TLC are available to assist recipients in locating, evaluating and adapting high-quality open resources as alternatives 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), innovative and open pedagogy, and cost savings to students
  • The inclusion of plans to re-use open educational resources in courses in subsequent semesters

Next application deadline

Fall 2018:
October 18, 2018
Note: Applicants will be notified of decision by week of October 29, 2018

Contact us

For more information, please email us at oer-grants@sfu.ca

Or contact one of our program coordinators directly:

Hope Power, Teaching & Learning Librarian (Library): hpower@sfu.ca

Milan Singh, Analyst, Applied Research (TLC): tlcartl@sfu.ca

More information is also available on our Tools & Resources page

Open educational resources (OER) are “teaching, learning, and research resources that are created with the intention of being freely available to users anywhere. They may include, but are not limited to, textbooks, readings, multi-media files, software, assessment tools, and even entire courses. Most are covered by licenses that allow for using, re-mixing, and sharing.”1

– “Guide Define OER” (bccampus.ca)

1“Guide Define OER,” bccampus.ca, last modified on January 11, 2016. https://mediawiki.bccampus.ca/index.php/Guide_DefineOER