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Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in News |

BCcampus approved, Hewlett and AVED funded OER grants in B.C.

Thanks to the overwhelming interest in the OER grants, we will be re-opening the call for proposals in July 2017.

Institution Grant Title Grant Description
BCIT Health Case Studies The project is to design and write inter-professional and interdisciplinary case studies that can be integrated into the health sciences curriculum. The case studies will simulate common clinical practices, professional roles, and provide a consistent learning experience for students. This project will provide faculty with a bank of pre-written case studies for use in-class and online learning opportunities that can be modified and adapted for their pedagogical context. The case studies could be used to orient students into the use of health informatics and clinical information systems. The case studies would include at a minimum: patient history, patient and family experience, medications, diagnostic and laboratory results, nursing and medical interventions, suggestions and guidance for faculty on how to integrate the case into classroom and online teaching.
BCIT Development Sprints for Ancillary Resources or Course Redesign Sponsored by the AVP, Education Support and Innovation, the BCIT Open Education Working Group, the BCIT Library, and the Learning and Teaching Centre are providing small grants (up to $5,000) this fiscal year to fund sprints to develop open ancillary resources (test banks, case studies, slide decks, etc.) or to redesign courses to incorporate open education practices and open course materials.Education Support and Innovation, the BCIT Open Education Working Group, the BCIT Library, and the Learning and Teaching Centre are providing small grants (up to $5,000) this fiscal year to fund sprints to develop open ancillary resources (test banks, case studies, slide decks, etc.) or to redesign courses to incorporate open education practices and open course materials.
Camosun College  Instructional Videos Creation of Instructional Videos to accompany Concepts of Biology 1st Canadian Edition, Open Textbook
Camosun College 3D images and Videos of Scaffolding to accompany Common Core Trades Open Textbooks Camosun College will create an animated step-by-step guide to scaffolding allowing students to navigate through each stage of the assembly and disassembly of the scaffolding and identify each piece as it is added or removed. Every type of fastener and component related to scaffolding would be rendered in 3D. This would be accompanied by a video on scaffolding and safety.
Camosun College Creation of 3D images, videos to accompany Common Core Trades Open Textbooks screen-shot-2016-07-22-at-3-25-56-pm
Camosun College Creation of an Adoption Package for Trades Camosun College will work with Plumbing and Pipe Trades at Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Plumbing and Pipe Trades at University of Fraser Valley, to incorporate the Open Textbook resources and quiz bank into their individual LMS. In working with these partners, the goal is to use the lessons learned to develop an Adoption Package to promote early adoptions at their institutions to get on board with OERs and the use of the LMS for trades training.
College of the Rockies and other B.C. Institutions Open Course Pack The project will develop an online Education and Career Planning (EDCP) course with curriculum developed with input from multiple BC colleges (CoTR, NWCC, Douglas, Selkirk, VCC, NLC). This would be in the form of an electronic open course pack that would include instructional units, assignments, and a study guide that students could follow independently. Accordingly, the course pack could be used to load into learning management systems (paced-directed) studies course; or on-site in a face-to-face class.  The course pack would be an open document available to all B.C. colleges.
CNC HR Open Textbooks The goal of this project is to adapt an open source Human Resource Management textbook currently available through the BC Campus, for Canadian Business and HRM programs.
KPU Institutional OER Grant Stategy KPU will provide small grants in support of incremental improvements in the use of OERs across the institution. The grants will support the development of faculty and institutional capacity in support of adaptation so as to ensure that existing OERs are revised in a timely fashion and that their lifespan can be extended and tailored to local student needs. They will also nurture the awareness of the different values and practices associated with open pedagogy and a critical appreciation of the reciprocal relationship between pedagogy and evolving OERs. This initiative will have two principle streams with the following deliverables.
1)     Institution-wide learning: OER adaptation and open pedagogy workshops led by visiting and homegrown experts/leaders to be identified by the KPU OER Working Group.
2)     Course-specific adaptation projects to be completed by faculty experts with the assistance of undergraduate researchers, when appropriate.
SFU Protege Program Modeled on the EdMedia Protege program managed by SFU’s EdMedia team, the OER Protege program is viewed as a long-term, sustainable extension of the OER grants. In addition, the OER Protege Program will develop a system of maintaining curation, maintenance and updates to OER at SFU
TRU Creation of Ancillary Resources for Physical Geology Open Textbook Creation of Ancillary Resources for Physical Geology Open Textbook. The author will write answers to the over 100 embedded exercises in the open textbook Physical Geology. These answers will be placed in the Appendix of the Physical Geology Open Textbook.
UBC Open Case Studies Project This project brings together faculty members, instructors and students from various disciplines to co- create an interdisciplinary, open educational learning resource on sustainability and environmental ethics. The structure and open nature of this resource allows faculty and students to contribute to and provide commentary on a collection of case studies through the lens of their respective academic disciplines. It encourages professors and students to draw from additional disciplinary perspectives to those in their courses. n example of how other instructors and students could collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to produce work that is of value for student learning, for instructors teaching, and for the wider public as well.n example of how other instructors and students could collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to produce work that is of value for student learning, for instructors teaching, and for the wider public as well.
UBC Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Field Trips The purpose of this multi-institutional collaboration is to build capacity across BC to create openly-licensed, virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) field trips. Field trips play an essential role in providing experiential learning opportunities in geography and many other disciplines. This project proposes to establish leadership in developing an open approach to emerging educational technology, evaluate their effectiveness, and develop durable networks across Canada. Virtual reality field trips provide access to sites that would otherwise be inaccessible due to financial cost, physical disabilities, or problems with weather, timing of course offerings, and logistical hurdles for online students. Augmented reality field trips provide exciting new opportunities for students to interact with course content while visiting a field site.
UBC Physics 100 and 117 Course Redesign – making courses open The project aims to redesign section(s) of two courses:
Physics 100 (Grade 12 equivalent, existing course),
Physics 117 (calculus-based Newtonian mechanics for non-Physics majors, new for 2015/16)
The course redesign will aim to integrate open textbooks as the principal content sources for student learning (the OpenStax textbook CollegePhysics in Physics 100 and the calculus-based Mechanics text authored by Dr. Ben Crowell). The project will impact approximately 1150 students at UBC (900 students in Physics 100 and 250 students in Physics 117), with estimated annual savings to students at approximately $120,000 based upon the price of the textbooks that are being replaced through this project.
UNBC Institutional OER Grant Strategy UNBC is providing Institutional OER Grants for faculty to receive stipends of up to $2500 that they can use to hire research assistants for support in their review/revision of open resources. Over the course of two years, UNBC aims to:
Create increased opportunities for students to engage in research with faculty members
Support faculty members in the review and revision of open resources / textbooks
Increase the use of open textbooks and open educational resources at UNBC
Calculate savings to students due to the adoption of open textbooks
UVic Open Textbook Creation: Knowing Home, Aboriginal Knowledge and Science Education Research Project Creation of Open Textbook: Knowing Home, Aboriginal Knowledge and Science Education Research Project.
UVic Creation of Open Textbook: Greek and Latin Roots for Sciences and Social Sciences Creation of Open Textbook: Greek and Latin Roots for Sciences and Social Sciences
UVic Microeconomics Adaptation of a Microeconomics open textbook and ancillary resource integration.
UVic Creation of Ancillary Resources for Women in the World Today and Teaching in a Digital Age  Creation of Ancillary Resources for the Open Textbooks, Women in the World Today and Teaching in a Digital Age