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Open Educational Resource Grants

Deadline for Proposals: Closed, will reopen July 2017
Deadline for Completed Projects: December 31, 2016

Open to faculty and staff from post-secondary institutions in British Columbia

Introduction

From 2012-2015, The Ministry of Advanced Education funded the BC Open Textbook Project and tasked BCcampus with managing it. The goal of the BC Open Textbook Project is to provide flexible and affordable access to higher education learning resources in BC by making available openly licensed textbooks that align with the most highly enrolled first and second year undergraduate subject areas, as well as in selected skills training and trades subject areas. As of February 2016, BCcampus and its institutional partners have saved BC students over $1.2 million in textbook fees.

In 2016, BCcampus, working closely with BC’s higher education institutions, will continue to advance the Province’s open, affordable education vision by continuing to build the BC Open Textbook collection. In addition, with financial support from the Hewlett Foundation, BCcampus will broaden the efforts in two key ways:

  1. Support the development of engaging, interactive resources that complement the BC Open Textbook collection.
  2. Encourage faculty to incorporate open educational practices in their teaching.

This call for proposals is focused on the second area mentioned above: incorporating open educational practices into teaching.

What is an open educational resource?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are freely accessible, openly licensed documents and media that are useful for teaching, learning, and assessing as well as for research purposes.

Synopsis

This call for proposals is for Institutions (e.g. Teaching and Learning Centre, Library, OER Working Group) in British Columbia to provide small open educational resource grants, funded by BCcampus and matched by the Institution. Open Educational Resource grants may be used for, but not limited to:

  • Adaptation of Open Textbooks or Open Educational Resources
  • Creation of Open Educational Resources
  • Course Redesign using Open Educational Resources

Eligible Subject Areas

  1. One of the top 40 academic subject areas targeted by the BC Open Textbook Project.
  2. High volume/strategic foundational trades including career pathway programs and programs that cross multiple trades training programs (e.g., workplace safety);
  3. Oil and Gas courses and programs focused on supporting the Natural Gas industry;
  4. Tourism/Hospitality programs;
  5. Adult Basic Education essential skills for trades and technical programs as well as programs focused on up-skilling and job-readiness;
  6. Mining related programs;
  7. Healthcare programs (e.g., Health Care Assistant, Practical Nursing and Registered Nursing).

Application Process

The application form should be completed and e-mailed to: opentext@bccampus.ca.

While the application form provides the basic information required, those wishing to submit more detail can attach appendices as required. Successful evaluation is facilitated by proposals that are well written and specifically address the guidelines.

Note that it is required that Institutions be able to match the grant provided by BCcampus.

Criteria for successful proposals

Successful proposals will meet the following mandatory criteria:

  • administrative approval of matching funds,
  • document any existing Open Educational Resources to be used,
  • exhibit characteristics of quality teaching and learning,
  • demonstrate sustainability and cost-effectiveness,
  • demonstrate collaboration within a single institution and/or between two or more post secondary institutions,
  • be released with an open license, such as a Creative Commons license, which allows others to freely adapt, modify, copy and/or redistribute the content,
  • include a budget documenting the use of the funding being requested.

The following criteria are preferred, but not mandatory. Preference will be given to proposals that;

  • impact large numbers of students across multiple institutions;
  • demonstrate collaboration with faculty in British Columbia, particularly within articulation committees;
  • demonstrate collaboration with faculty in Alberta and/or Saskatchewan, per the terms of the recently signed MOU;
  • include the provision of resources necessary to complete the project, such as the assistance of an instructional designer, multimedia developer, librarian, and editor. If the applicant uses available resources, it promotes more institutional buy-in to the project and thus the potential for more adoption. However, if you are unable to provide these resources, BCcampus will provide them for you.
  • reuse of existing openly-licensed materials created by B.C. faculty and institutional staff and stored in SOLR. To enable this reuse, only SOLR materials licensed using a full Creative Commons license are eligible (not BC Commons).
  • encourage the use of activities that embrace open pedagogies.
  • Strong proposals will demonstrate how the ancillary resource being created aligns with an existing open textbook.

Project Requirements

For funding to be released, all resource grants must be completed on time, and must include all source files used in creating the resource (including any multimedia files) to easily enable further remixing.

Review and Selection Process

Evaluation, selection, and awards are determined by an internal review committee against a rubric based on the set of criteria listed above.

If you have any further questions, please email them to opentext@bccampus.ca.