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Open Educational Resource (Affordable Textbook) Grant

Grant Goals

  • significantly lower the cost of textbooks to enrolled students in a specific course;
  • maintain or improve student learning outcomes and satisfaction with the required materials;
  • contribute to the growing body of Open Educational Resources (OER) available to the global higher education community.

This grant is open to all full-time instructional faculty members responsible for teaching courses in any department and campus at Miami University. Priority, however, will be given to coordinators of courses with higher enrollments and to situations where it is likely that the textbook change will have a lasting impact.

Grants in the form of professional development funds are available for Miami University educators interested in working to lower the textbook costs for students in a specific course using Open Educational Resources (OER).

Grant Tiers

Tier 1: Review an Open Educational Resource for possible use in a course.

Tier 2: Adopt an Open Educational Resource in a course.

Tier 3: Adapt an Open Educational Resource for adoption in a course.

Grant applicants may work as a team or individually, and applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with or include a liaison librarian on their team as an advisor. Advisors or team members might also include a staff member from eLearning Miami (ELM) in Oxford or e-Campus on the Regional Campuses, a member of the Center for Teaching Effectiveness (CTE), and/or Carla Myers, Assistant Librarian & Coordinator of Scholarly Communications.

These grants are meant to offer an incentive for the time it takes to identify new resources, adjust syllabi, and modify assignments and/or may be used to cover any instructional expenses incurred by the instructor.

Awardees will receive assistance from librarians and staff to locate course materials and provide other services.

For more information, please see Libraries' OER LibGuide.