Application Deadline extended until April 8, 2022!
The OER Fellows Program is a pilot program (2022-2023) sponsored by the Library that provides a total of $15,000 in grants to support the uptake of open educational resources (OER) at the University of Waterloo. Making learning materials freely accessible and available to the Waterloo community is part of the Library's mission.
Any project that develops OER for use in a Waterloo course is eligible. The grants can be used to:
- design and create original resources,
- adapt existing resources (ex. revising an open textbook for a Canadian/Waterloo context), or
- develop resources that mix original and adapted content.
All materials created under the program must be licensed under the Creative Commons copyright regime and made publicly available. In addition to working on their projects, OER Fellows would be expected to share their work in progress and demonstrate their finished products at periodic events arranged by Waterloo's OER Working Group. A final project report will also be required.
Amount per grant: up to $5,000
April 1, 2022 April 8, 2022
Apply through the OER Fellows grant application form. Successful applicants will be notified by May 1, 2022, and will have until April 30, 2023 to complete their projects.
Information Session: March 10, 2022, from 11AM-noon. Presentation slides available:
- OER Fellows Grant: Information Session slides
- OER Fellows Grant: Information Session- CEL's ADT slides
Questions? Just ask
Lauren Byl (Copyright and licensing librarian) is available to answer questions about the grant process.
Full-time instructors whose employment will span the length of the grant (i.e. until April 30, 2023).
Funds from this grant may be used broadly to compensate for time and/or to buy particular software needed to develop the proposed OER. Examples of eligible expenses include:
- Hiring research assistants
- Hiring third parties to do design and/or production work
- Purchasing specific apps/software needed for project
- Honoraria: contributions of experts, UX testing, etc.
- Course release
Examples of possible projects
- Adapting an available open textbook for use in a Waterloo course
- Turning self-developed materials into OER
- Creating open learning objects for a Waterloo course (e.g., a series of learning tasks, demonstrations, experiments)
- Creating course resources that involve students as co-creators
- Developing open ancillary materials for a Waterloo course (e.g., a student-developed glossary of terms)
- Creating audio or visual material featuring topic experts
How to apply
Please fill in this web form. Note that the form can be saved in draft format, so you can fill it out over multiple days if need be. A downloadable version of the application form questions is available below in Word document and PDF format to help with your planning.
Evaluation criteria and process
The evaluation committee will consist of two librarians, one instructor, and one member from an Academic Support Unit. The committee will consider the following criteria when making their decision:
- Usefulness of the planned OER for the course
- Number of learners served
- Potential cost savings to students
- Potential for reuse of the OER in subsequent terms or in other courses at UW or elsewhere
- Feasibility of plan and timelines
- Feasibility of budget
- Plan for sustainability of OER developed during the project
- Plan for evaluating learners’ experience with the OER
- Evidence of teaching experience and familiarity with course content
Resources and support available
Interested in OER but not sure how to get started? Check out these resources:
- University of Alberta OER Starter Kit
- Pressbooks User Guide (Pressbooks currently free through eCampus Ontario)
- Creative Commons licensing information
In addition to the above web resources, the Library and CEL are able to support project planning before submission to the grant, and can provide development support for successful projects. Areas of support include:
- Library - Consultations with Lauren Byl (Copyright and licensing librarian) on project planning, Creative Commons licensing, accessibility, and copyright concerns
- Centre for Extended Learning - Consultations with Anna Barichello (manager, Agile Development Team) on instructional design (e.g. online pedagogy, online digital learning materials), multimedia development, accessibility review, and user experience testing; support through the Agile Development team, as available
To learn more about how the Library and CEL can support your project, presentation slides from the Information Session on Thursday, March 10 are available: