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Learn about Open Educational Resources (OER) and the Western Oregon University (WOU) OER Stipend Award Program

Overview of the WOU OER Stipend Program

Western Oregon University is providing stipends for faculty to adopt, adapt, or create OER for their courses. The primary goal of WOU's OER Stipend Program is to significantly reduce the cost of textbooks and other course materials for students, yet provide access to high-quality, pedagogically creative, open educational content for teaching, learning, and research.

 

All tenure track and non tenure track faculty are invited to apply for this competitive stipend, which is administered by the WOU Textbook Affordability Committee and Hamersly Library & Academic Innovation. Funds ranging from $1000 to $4000 will be awarded on the following characteristics: 

 

  • Amount of student savings
  • Reusability by others at WOU
  • Evidence of creative and open pedagogically practices
  • Feasibility of project

Application Categories

Stipends will be awarded in three different categories:

 

1. Adoption of Existing OER Material ($1000)

Adopt an existing OER with little revision to the content.

 

2. Adaptation of Existing OER and/or Creating New Supplemental Material ($2000)

Adapt existing OER with major revisions, or develop custom course content from multiple OER and/or original open content in order to support learning objectives not met by existing open resources.

 

3. Creation and Development of New OER Material(s) ($4000)

Create a substantially new OER where it is possible to demonstrate that quality resources are not currently available to meet learning objectives.

OER Stipends Requirements

If selected, awardees will commit to the following:

 

  • Attend a one hour kick-off training/implementation meeting.
  • Complete the WOU OER online training course.

  • Take part in two additional OER-related professional development opportunities.

  • Meet with the Office of Disability Services.

  • Submit final syllabus, course plan, and list of materials.

  • Teach the course using OER in all assigned sections for at least one academic year.

  • Share all work under an open license (e.g., Creative Commons).

  • Complete a faculty survey and assist in administering a student survey relating to the use of OER during the course.

  • Alert both the Registrar’s Office and WOU Bookstore regarding the use of the OER in each quarter it’s used.

Timeline for OER Stipends 2021-2022

Timeline for the 2021 - 2022 Open Educational Resources Stipends.

Call for proposals opens October 12
Deadline for submission of applications November 1
Awardees notified November 23
Kickoff training/implementation meeting for awardees TBA
OER Education: Complete modules 1-3 of OER tutorial. January 15, 2021
OER Education: Complete modules 4-8 of OER tutorial. February 5, 2021
OER Education: Complete modules 9-12 of OER tutorial. February 26, 2021
OER Education: Complete modules 13-17 of OER tutorial. March 28, 2021
Course Planning: Draft syllabus, course plan, and list of course materials due. March 28, 2021
PAYMENT: 1/2 stipend amount April 1, 2021
OER Education: Complete 2 additional OER-related professional development activities. May 31, 2021
Course Planning: Final syllabus, course plan, and list of course materials due. May 31, 2021
PAYMENT: 1/2 stipend amount June 1, 2021
Course Planning: Copyright issues resolved. September 26, 2021
Course Planning: CC Licenses attached to authored works. September 26, 2021
Course Planning: Accessibility issues resolved. September 26, 2021
Course Planning: Implement OER during quarter(s) course is taught. 2021-2022 School Year
Assessment & Reporting: Complete survey regarding your experience implementing OER into your course(s). 2021-2022 School Year
Assessment & Reporting: Assist in administration of student survey related to their experience with the course material(s). 2021-2022 School Year
Assessment & Reporting: Provide enrollment data for each quarter the course is taught. 2021-2022 School Year

 

OER Stipends Application Questions and Form

The links below will help you apply for an OER Stipend:

OER Stipend Application Questions (Google Doc)

Use this link to go to the application questions in a google doc. You can use it to answer the questions before filling out the application.

OER Stipend Application (Qualtrics Survey)

Use this link to go to the WOU OER Stipend Application. The questions for the application can be found below.

WOU OER Stipend Program FAQ

How long will it take me to redesign my course using OER?

You should probably give yourself 10-15 hours to redesign your course. This assumes you’ll be using an open textbook, or other open material, that already contains the content you need for your course. If you need to pull together content from various sources or create your own content, the amount of time you’ll need could increase substantially.

 

How long will it take me to complete the online training required by the stipend program?

If you just read the material in the online tutorial straight through, it might take you 1-2 hours. The training, though, assumes you’ll work through your course redesign as you move through the modules. You can expect to spend an additional 2-3 hours beyond the 10-15 hours referenced above. The total time, then, you can expect to spend to complete your project is 12-18 hours.

 

Again, though, that assumes you’ll be using an open textbook, or other open material, that already contains the content you need for your course. If you need to pull together content from various sources or create your own content, the amount of time you’ll need could increase substantially.

 

 

Can I apply for more than one award?

Yes, but you must complete a separate application for each award.


 

What licensing am I required to use if I create an OER? 

You are required to share all your work under an open Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license (https://creativecommons.org/share-your-work/licensing-examples/).

 

By using a Creative Commons license, you retain copyright ownership, while at the same time giving others permission to use the work.

 

For a brief presentation on adding open licenses to your content, please see Open Licenses Step by Step (https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1HFCCO_p7SOkoX57fMreZFrgKgS_QVsJL5PlC3EPAeMo/edit#slide=id.g19a3228bbb_0_725)

 

 

What resources will be available to me as I work on this project? 

Several academic units are here to help you with your project:

 

Disability Services (Rian Gayle -- gayler@wou.edu; Phone/VP: (503) 512-5258| Office Phone: 838-8250)

  • Accessibility standards (see Rian before you begin creating any original content)

 

Library (Sue Kunda -- kundas@wou.edu; 838-8893)

  • OER discovery and curation
  • Copyright and fair use questions
  • Creative Commons License
  • Publishing/placing materials online

 

Academic Innovation (innovation@wou.edu; 838-9300)  

  • Accessibility issues (e.g., making materials accessible, troubleshooting)
  • Universal design for learning
  • Instructional design services
  • LMS support (Moodle and/or Canvas) moodle@wou.edu; 838-9300

 

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Western Oregon University (WOU) Library Research Guide on Open Educational Resources (OER) by Regina Gong (LCC), and edited by Amy Larson (LCC), and Sue Kunda (WOU), is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.