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Calling all Faculty! If you are interested in textbook affordability for students, check out these opportunities through Open Oregon Educational Resources. 

Submit an Open Education Resources Grant Proposal 

Open Oregon Educational Resources is seeking grant proposals that implement high-impact, culturally relevant/inclusive, collaborative projects supporting open education and reduced textbook costs in lower-division courses.

For more information about grant proposals, including the six accepted categories for course redesign, eligibility requirements, rubric criteria and grant evaluation committees, visit https://openoregon.org/2021-oer-grants/

Completed application forms are due July 9, 2021, and you can preview the application questions here. If you submit a proposal, make sure to check your email over the summer so that you’ll be available to answer follow-up questions and find out if you’re receiving funding. The grant committee will notify applicants by August 6, 2021. Project timelines may vary, but faculty must complete projects by June 1, 2023.

Register for the Equity and Open Education Faculty Cohort

If you’re interested in making your course materials relevant and accessible for all of your students, consider joining the statewide two-part Equity and Open Education Faculty Cohort.

Participants will earn a $200 stipend upon completion of “Part One – Explore” and will have the option to attend “Part Two – Implement” for an additional $300 stipend. 

To indicate that you’re interested in joining the Equity and Open Education Faculty Cohort, submit this registration form by Monday, June 14. Enrollment in the cohort will be capped at 60 instructors. Please note that submitting a registration form does not guarantee enrollment. If more than 60 instructors register for the cohort, Open Oregon Educational Resources will consider each registrant’s availability for 90-minute weekly mini-group discussions, the credit status of courses taught, representation from all 24 colleges/universities, and past registration attempts. 

Part One of the cohort will take place over four weeks from August 2 through 27 and will cover the following topics in the context of how to improve course materials and serve students more equitably:

  • OER & Copyright Basics
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • Universal Design
  • Open Pedagogy

Part Two of the cohort will take place over four weeks from August 30 through September 24. It will provide instructors with the opportunity to implement some of the approaches learned in Part One by redesigning and sharing a unit of their materials. You can view examples of redesigned course components from Summer 2020 and Winter 2021.

The Equity and Open Education Faculty Cohort model was developed at Portland Community College by faculty librarian Jen Klaudinyi. Review a previous course site to browse the course content and read participant takeaways to see what other faculty thought about the course. 

For additional information, visit https://openoregon.org/events/event/equity-and-open-education-faculty-cohort-registration-2/.

Receive a Stipend to Teach a College Success Course in Spanish with a Translation of Blueprint for Success 

A free, Open Educational Resource, Blueprint for Success in College and Career is a student’s classroom and career success guide. This text, designed to show how to be successful in college and in career preparation, focuses on study skills, time management, career exploration, health, and financial literacy. 

Contact Amy Hofer, Coordinator of Statewide Open Education Library Services, if you’re interested in receiving a $750 stipend to teach a college success course in Spanish with a translation of the Textbook Excellence Award Winner, Blueprint for Success and its ancillaries. Materials will be ready to pilot in Fall 2022. 

Create or Adapt Open Educational Resources With an Equity Lens for Major Transfer Map Courses in HDFS and Sociology

Funding is available for faculty who’d like to create open educational resources (OERs) with an equity lens. Contact Amy Hofer, Coordinator of Statewide Open Education Library Services, if you’re interested in authoring, adapting, peer-reviewing, piloting, or sharing advice about HDFS and Sociology course materials.