Notice: The East Wing of the Main Library is closed until 3pm on Monday, June 17, as we continue major construction work.  We apologize for this inconvenience. For more information or for assistance accessing library resources, please visit any of our information desks, or call 517-355-2333.
Notice: The East Wing of the Main Library is closed until 3pm on Monday, June 17, as we continue major construction work.  We apologize for this inconvenience. For more information or for assistance accessing library resources, please visit any of our information desks, or call 517-355-2333.
Notice: Due to ongoing construction, 4 East is currently closed to the public.  To obtain items located on 4 East, please place an online request for the item to be paged for you using the ‘Place Request’ button in the catalog. Please visit our Circulation FAQ page for assistance in using our catalog.
Notice: Due to ongoing construction, 4 East is currently closed to the public.  To obtain items located on 4 East, please place an online request for the item to be paged for you using the ‘Place Request’ button in the catalog. Please visit our Circulation FAQ page for assistance in using our catalog.
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OER Award Program

The OER Award Program is an incentive program for instructors that encourages and supports the use of openly-licensed materials as a pathway to increase student success.

To encourage the use, adaptation, and creation of openly licensed learning materials, Michigan State University Libraries is pleased to announce the OER Award Program. This award is an incentive program for instructors interested in adopting, adapting, or creating OER as an alternative to traditional textbooks and a pathway to increasing student success.

The 2023-2024 OER Award call for proposals and application forms are available at the OER LibGuide page. The application deadline is February 12, 2024.

Application Categories:

Adoption of Existing OER

  • This category entails identifying existing OER materials suitable for your intended course, reviewing materials to ensure congruence with course learning outcomes, selecting and adopting the OER, and ensuring that these materials have the quality and rigor to maintain the integrity of the course. The maximum award for this category is $1,000 per successful application.

Adaptation/Remix of Multiple OER

  • This category requires revision and remix of multiple OER that results in a new openly-licensed material. Examples consist of editing existing chapters of an open textbook, adding new materials from other sources removing sections not appropriate, and bringing together several openly licensed sources. The maximum award is $2,500 per successful application.

Creation and Development of New OER

  • This category includes the creation and development of a completely new OER by writing, developing, and creating open textbooks and any supplemental materials (laboratory manuals, interactive homework, learning components, etc.). The maximum award is $4,000 per successful application.

Continuous Improvement Grants

  • This category aims to support OER sustainability through substantial improvement and revision of OER used in existing courses, creation of new ancillary materials for existing OER courses, or the replacement of current OER in courses with new or better OER. The maximum award is $3,000 per successful application.

Scaling Up OER Grants

  • This category involves large-scale implementation of an existing OER to an entire course. The project must affect 1,000 or more students per year and requires department-wide adoption of OER to all applicable sections of a course. The maximum award is $5,000 per successful application.

If you are interested in applying, please contact Linda Miles to schedule a project consultation at milesli3@msu.edu