OER Seed Grants

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.

2020-2021 Cohort Information

The application deadline for the 2020-2021 cohort is April 13, 2020. To apply, go to: https://nuramp.nebraska.edu and search for OER Seed Grant. Dates and details for the requirements below are included in the grant application.

Cohort Requirements

  • Kick off meeting
  • Mid-summer check-in with 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: bsevera@unl.edu

2018-2019 Cohort

Political Science

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Courtney Hilebrecht

Course

POLI 160 (WH Thompson): Introduction to International Relations.

Enrollment: 25

Project

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.

Savings

$55-160/student

Biological Systems Engineering

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David Mabie

Course

MSYM 109: Physical Principles in Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Enrollment: 350

Project

Convert textbook to Openstax book and create supplemental materials as OER.

Savings

$100/student

Psychology

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Carolyn Brown Kramer

Course

PSYC 288: Psychology of Social Behavior.

Enrollment: 469

Project

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.

Savings

$66-243/student

Political Science

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Patrice McMahon

Course

POLI/GLST160H Introduction to International Relations.

Enrollment: 200

Project

Convert to more up-to-date and flexible OER material, make the course more interactive and engaging, and reduce costs for students.

Savings

$60-100/student

Mathematics

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Allan Donsig
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Nathan Wakefield

Courses

MATH 101: College Algebra. Enrollment: 960

MATH 101A: Intermediate Algebra. Enrollment: 560

MATH 102: Trigonomentry. Enrollment: 350

Project

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.

Savings

MATH101A: $94-162/student
MATH101: $101-170/student
MATH102: $92-161/student

Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education

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Guy Trainin

Course

Elementary Education Program (TEAC 297A, 297B, 297E, 397A, 302, 311 313, 317, 305, 307, 308, 315.

Enrollment: 75

Project

Transform Elementary Education program to OER-based materials in 13 courses. Model OER as a way for education to move beyond publishing companies.

Savings

$593/student