Open Educational Resources (OER) are educational materials — such as textbooks, videos, and test banks — that are openly licensed and freely available for anyone to use. OER can be tailored to the unique structure and context of a course. They can also reduce student financial barriers by removing the need to buy commercial materials.
The OER Grant and Support Program offers in-kind supports and instructor funding to integrate OER into teaching. The program is a partnership between Western Libraries, the Instructional Technology Resource Centre, Centre for Teaching and Learning, and Western Research’s Knowledge Exchange and Impact Team.
|Category||Available funds per grant||What’s required|
|Create||$7,500||Create or develop a new open textbook or other open educational resource.|
|Adapt||$5,000||Identify and customize an existing open textbook or other OER to better align with your course. This includes creating an updated or localized edition of an existing open textbook, or creating supporting materials such as test banks, slide decks, videos, or interactive media.|
|Adopt||$1,000||Identify and use an existing open textbook or other OER for your course.|
Deadline: Monday, March 13, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Eligibility: Any instructor of a Western University credit-bearing course or co-curricular learning opportunity can apply, including instructional teams, instructional assistants, and staff in educational roles.