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Open Educational Resources (OER) Initiative


Call for Proposals

We invite motivated faculty interested in innovative engagement with their course materials to submit ideas for funding. 

Proposals intended to achieve one of the following will be considered:

  • Adoption of existing OER to replace the main textbook for a high enrollment course
  • Adaptation of pre-existing OER, including local, updated, or ancillary materials
  • Create and publish new OER from faculty-authored content

Awards of up to $1,500 will be given for proposals that implement adoption and/or adaptation of existing OER materials. Awards of up to $3,000 will be given for proposals supporting creation and publication of new OER materials to replace existing textbooks. Priority will be given to proposals that relate to high-enrollment undergraduate courses that currently require students to purchase a high-cost textbook.

OER materials produced as part of the UW Alternative Textbook grants will be archived in the Wyoming Scholar's Repository, the University's institutional repository managed by UW Libraries.

Grant proposals for implementation in Fall 2018 are due by March 1st, 2018. Proposals for implementation in J-term and Spring 2019 are due by October 1st, 2018.

Proposals will be reviewed by the University's OER committee. Grants will be awarded on the basis of potential savings to UW students, innovation of materials, overall impact (including sustainability), ability to succeed, and strength of application.