Making learning materials freely accessible and available to the Waterloo community is part of the Library's mission. Staebler Insurance is bolstering these efforts by donating $100,000 to the Library to support the update of open educational resources (OER) at Waterloo.
The Staebler Insurance OER Fellows Grant will provide a maximum of $20,000 annually over five years (2023-2028) to fund projects that develop OER for use in Waterloo courses.
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 funded by the grant will be assigned a Creative Commons licence and made publicly available. In addition to working on their projects, OER Fellows will share their work in progress and demonstrate their finished products at periodic events arranged by Waterloo's OER Working Group (e.g. a presentation during Open Education Week). A final project report is also required.