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Open Educational Resource (Alternative 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 OER available to the global higher education community.

This grant is open to all 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.

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), a member of the Center for Teaching Effectiveness (CTE), and/or a member of the Libraries’ Center for Digital Scholarship.

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.