The UNBC Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology and Geoffrey Weller Library have supported the UNBC Open Educational Resources (OER) Grant since 2016 with funds made possible with support from BCCampus and the UNBC Office of the Provost. The grants are intended to be used to hire a UNBC student to engage in research to support faculty members’ adaptation and/or adoption of open educational resources.
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, opentextbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.
Objectives of the Grant Program
- We will have created increased opportunities for students to engage in project-based research with a faculty member
- By the end of the project we will have supported faculty members in the review, revision, and adoption of opentextbooks and other OER materials.
- By the end of this project we will have increased use of opentextbooks and OER at UNBC resulting in enhanced access for student and reduced textbook and class material costs.
Proposals are evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Curation and customization of OER that will be freely and openly shared throughout and beyond UNBC
- Impact on student experience, including high-quality materials, maximum access, open and innovative pedagogy, and cost savings to students
- Active engagement of students with faculty in the adaptation/adoption of open educational resources (OER)
- Plans to re-use open resources in this or related courses in subsequent semesters