The OER Development Grant (OERDG) program at TRU provides funding and staff support to TRUFA and TRUOLFA members who wish to integrate open educational resources (OER) into their TRU courses. This direct support can be used by faculty to adopt, adapt, create, and/or integrate OER as primary materials within their TRU courses.
The purpose of this initiative is:
This grant program has been generously funded by a Strategic Initiative Fund (SIF) Grant. It anticipates funding up to eight (8) grants during the fiscal year. An analysis of its outcomes will inform whether or not the program will be continued and if so how.
The project will be administered by the University Library, the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), and Open Learning.
Successful applicants may receive up to $6,500 to be used for course release or financial incentive to help faculty redesign a TRU course to use OER as their primary course material, and to help them adopt and/or adapt open textbooks and other OER for that purpose. An additional $500 may be available to support travel costs related to dissemination of results of their efforts.
Successful applicants are encouraged to work closely with faculty and staff from the University Library and CELT who will be available to assist recipients in locating, evaluating, and adapting high-quality open resources as an alternative to commercial course materials. Support staff in Open Learning are available to assist with digital formats, text editing, and layout needs.
Current limited-term, tenure-track, or tenured TRUFA or TRUOLFA members are eligible to hold an OER Development Grant (OERDG). Faculty members, individually or jointly, as well as course teams may submit grant proposals.
Application for OER development grant must include the following:
Grant recipients will benefit from the expertise of the Open Education Librarian who can assist with identifying and evaluating suitable OER, and with the application of Creative Commons licenses. CELT may consult with curriculum development and course design. Open Learning can provide instructional design expertise, support in technology and educational media, and text editing and layout.
Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria: