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University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and University of Northern Iowa libraries are pleased to announce a joint funding opportunity for the creation of Open Educational Resources (OER). This program is open to 2-4 person teams of faculty, graduate students, and staff at any of the three Board of Regents State of Iowa public universities.
OER are defined as “teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permission for open use” (SPARC, n.d.). The open licenses under which these items are released allow users to create, reuse, and redistribute copies of the resources, which can include textbooks, lab books, videos, interactive course modules, and more.
This grant will provide awards to project teams hoping to create new open educational resources for their courses. In addition to financial awards, successful applicants will receive intensive training on OER creation and development. This training will include an OER development “sprint” in September 2021, where grantees will have the opportunity to work on their projects over an intensive two-day workshop. Grant recipients will also receive support for finding source material, using OER authoring tools, developing content, understanding open licensing, and OER project management before and after the workshop.
The Regents OER grant program was created with support from the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER Fund), which was established in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress in 2020.
- Call for Proposals [pdf]: This document includes more detailed information about the grant, preparing your proposal, and submitting it for review.
- Proposal template [Google Docs]: Here you will find the Regents OER Grant Program Proposal Template. You can download or make a copy of this template to prepare your proposal.
- Proposal Scoring Rubric [pdf]: These rubrics are what reviewers will use to evaluate each proposal. You may want to familiarize yourself with them before applying.