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Open Educational Resource Grant

Key Dates

Closing date for proposals: Friday June 16, 2017 11:59 PM PST

Successful submission notification date: Friday July 7, 2017

Grant recipient announcement date: Tuesday July 18, 2017

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


Since 2012 the Ministry of Advanced Education has 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.

In 2017, BCcampus will continue to advance the Province’s open, affordable education vision by working closely with BC’s higher education institutions to continue 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.

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.


This call for proposals is for institutions or their representatives (e.g. Articulation Committees, Teaching and Learning Centres, Libraries, OER Working Groups) in British Columbia and Yukon to provide small open educational resource grants, funded by BCcampus and matched by the institution. Open Educational Resource grants may be used for, but are not limited to:

  • Adaptation of Open Textbooks/Open Educational Resources
  • Creation of Open Textbooks/Open Educational Resources
  • Course redesign using Open Textbooks/Open Educational Resources
  • Workshops, training, and institutional support for OER infrastructure (e.g. Open Policy, Awareness, How to Adopt, How to Adapt, Pressbooks Support)

OER Grant Proposals can not exceed $10,000.00 provided by BCcampus. A maximum of four OER Grants will be awarded.

Eligible Subject Areas

In an ongoing effort to sustain and build the BC Open Textbook Collection, BCcampus asked institutions to identify subject areas in the BC Open Textbook collection that are missing open textbooks and/or open content, entirely, in specific categories and/or for certain course levels.

Preference will be given to the following subject areas, based on a needs analysis.

  • Adult Basic Education (Sciences)
  • Business: Business Communication, Entrepreneurship, Business Planning, New Venture Development
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Engineering
  • European History
  • Graphic Design: Typography (introductory and advanced), Photography (introductory and advanced), Information Design, Editorial/Publication Design, Design Research, Design Thinking, User-Interface Design, User Experience Design, Portfolio Development, Design History
  • Human Geography
  • Kinesiology
  • Marketing
  • Medical Office Assistant Program
  • Modern Languages (e.g.French, Spanish, Mandarin)
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology (Statistics for Psychology, Cognitive Psychology)
  • Research Methods and Methodologies in Social Sciences

If you have a proposal that does not fit within these subject areas, please continue to submit. While these subject areas are preferred, they is not mandatory.

Past Successful OER Grant Recipients/Projects:

Building an institutional open infrastructure: review, revise, write open textbooks/OER – UNBC

Development OER sprints for ancillary resources or course redesign – BCIT

Institutional OER Strategy: OER adaptation and open pedagogy workshops, course -specific adaptation project – KPU

OER Protege Program – SFU

Open Textbook Creation for Human Resource Management – CNC

Open Case Studies- UBC

Virtual Reality Geography Tours- UBC

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 may attach appendices as required. Successful evaluation is facilitated by proposals that are well written and specifically address the guidelines.

Note: Successful applicants must secure matching funds by their institution (for the requested OER Grant amount) in advance of submitting a proposal.

Criteria for Successful Proposals

Successful proposals will meet the following mandatory criteria:

  • must not exceed $10,000.00 funding request from BCcampus,
  • 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.
  • include a project timeline.

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.
  • 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.

Project Requirements

For funding to be released, all OER grants must:

  • be released with an open license, such as a Creative Commons license, which allows others to freely retain, copy, modify, remix and/or redistribute the content.
  • be completed on time
  • include all source/editable files used in creating the resource (including any multimedia files) to easily enable further remixing.
  • agree and participate in an interview about the project.

Review and Selection Process

Evaluation, selection, and awards are determined by an internal review committee against the evaluation criteria, listed below.

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