OER Seed Grants (formerly Kelly Grants) have funded the pedagogical innovations and course redesigns resulting from the adoption, adaptation, or authoring of open educational resources (OER). In addition to eliminating textbook costs, grant projects have reflected a wide range of goals: addressing textbook and course material deficits; rethinking and reorganizing course subject matter to incorporate a greater diversity and variety of source materials; increasing student engagement; and redesigning entire program curricula. In many cases, funding helped support graduate student assistance, which resulted in a unique collaborative and co-creative learning opportunity for GA’s. Grant recipients are supported by a team from Information Technology Services, the Center for Transformative Teaching, and University Libraries.
2021 and 2022 Cohort Information
The 2021 cohort is underway and opportunities for 2022 are being discussed. Requirements for application to previous cohorts are below:
- Kick-off meeting
- Mid-summer check-in with the whole group
- Present at UNL's fall or spring Teaching and Learning Symposium
- Debrief meeting with OER team
- Final report due
- Adopted, adapted, or authored content meets accessibility requirements Contact Brad Severa, ITS, with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
POLI 160 (WH Thompson): Introduction to International Relations.
Convert to more up-to-date and flexible OER material. Make course more interactive and engaging and reduce costs for students. Trial OER for use in several other sections and courses.
Biological Systems Engineering
MSYM 109: Physical Principles in Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Convert textbook to Openstax book and create supplemental materials as OER.
PSYC 288: Psychology of Social Behavior.
Adopt an OER textbook to replace the current publisher book with no negative impact on learning. Reduce student cost and expand knowledge of OER to promote its use in other sections of this course.
POLI/GLST160H Introduction to International Relations.
Convert to more up-to-date and flexible OER material, make the course more interactive and engaging, and reduce costs for students.
MATH 101: College Algebra. Enrollment: 960
MATH 101A: Intermediate Algebra. Enrollment: 560
MATH 102: Trigonomentry. Enrollment: 350
Identify OER to replace current course packet and edit and remix existing content to match new OER material. This will replace the current publisher textbook. Materials used in these courses are also used in MATH103 resulting in a total enrollment of about 1,900 students and a total savings of a minimum of $130,000.
Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education
Elementary Education Program (TEAC 297A, 297B, 297E, 397A, 302, 311 313, 317, 305, 307, 308, 315.
Transform Elementary Education program to OER-based materials in 13 courses. Model OER as a way for education to move beyond publishing companies.