To support and incentivize faculty adoption of high-quality Open Educational Resources (OER) in place of traditional and expensive textbooks.
UNF’s OER Initiative is a joint project by the Center for Instruction and Research Technology (CIRT) and the Thomas G. Carpenter Library that seeks to lower college costs for UNF students by encouraging UNF faculty to adopt quality open resources in their courses. The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition defines OER as “teaching, learning, and research resources that either reside in the public domain or carry a license that permits their free use, sharing and adaptation by all users. From textbooks to course materials, videos to software, journals to digital collections, the creation and sharing of open materials can reduce the cost of textbooks, expand access to knowledge, and support student success.” 
For additional information about OER please visit the Carpenter Library Guide.
Since 2006, the cost of college textbooks has increased 88 percent, compared with an increase of 21 percent for all items, according to the Consumer Price Index.  The cost of textbooks also puts college students at risk of falling behind. A 2016 survey of more than 20,000 Florida college students found that textbook prices caused 67 percent of them to not purchase a required textbook, 26 percent to drop a class and 20 percent to fail a course. 
In this initial call, we are seeking proposals focused on adoption of existing OER materials, such as peer-reviewed open texts and licensed content from the Library. In future years, we anticipate expanding the call to include proposals for authoring open texts/courseware. The application period opens Oct. 23 and closes Nov. 15 Nov. 27. Project timelines may vary but must be completed by August 1, 2018, with implementation no later than Spring 2019.
Selected proposals that are considered likely to achieve the initiative’s proposal are eligible for a $1000 award. We anticipate funding 5 - 10 proposals in the pilot.
Before starting the process of transforming their courses to use OER, awardees will complete the following training workshops:
Awardees will also have access to instructional design and curriculum alignment services from CIRT and library faculty for assistance in identifying resources.
Awardees will be required to:
Funds will be distributed in 2 payments; 50% upon completion of training sessions, and 50% upon project completion and reporting. Selected proposals will be highlighted on an initiative website.
The application period opens Oct. 23 and closes Nov. 15 Nov. 27. Project timelines may vary but must be completed by August 1, 2018, with implementation no later than Spring 2019. A maximum of 10 proposals will be funded. A letter of support from the academic chair is required.
To submit a proposal:
If your proposal is approved for funding, you will receive an email with further instructions for getting started on the project
Note: One proposal/one course per faculty member.
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