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Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Educational materials made freely and legally available on the Internet for anyone to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute.

Affordable Content Grants: OER@UNO

Advice for Successful Applications

While there is no single factor that weighs more heavily in favor of an application than others, the committee would like to share factors that have been common across awarded projects:

  • The committee has tended to prioritize projects where a plan was detailed, but where the actual work of converting the course has not yet been done. For projects where affordable content has already been adopted, demonstration of how this grant would grow the project and/or how you would be an advocate for affordable content on our campus.
  • Very high impact in terms of cost savings, as determined by a number of factors including cost of the current textbooks, reaching a large number of students, regularity in course offerings, and a high percentage of current materials being converted to affordable materials.
  • Full, detailed answers to all questions, especially in regards to how the project will address the goals of the initiative. Answers that familiarized the committee with department culture and/or shared the thought process behind the answers were particularly helpful.
  • For projects where affordable content has already been adopted, demonstration of how this grant would grow the project.
  • For projects with courses that have multiple sections taught by multiple instructors, a discussion of how others are interested in adopting content you've collected or created, or evidence of a coordinated effort.
  • Potential for department/college/university growth