Call for Proposals: Open Educational Resources Course Materials Conversion Program




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Each semester, the University of Arkansas Libraries and Global Campus offers compensation to professors to reduce the cost of textbooks for their students by using open educational resources. The fall 2022 call for proposals is now open and an information session will be offered for those who want to know more.

The An Introduction to Open Educational Resources virtual presentation is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20. It will provide information on practicing using open educational resources in the classroom, locating open materials for use in the classroom, understanding copyright and licensing, and joining the growing OER community.

Faculty may apply to the Course Materials Conversion Program to receive additional compensation. Successful applicants can receive $3,000 for adopting open educational resources, $4,500 for adapting existing open educational resources, or $7,500 for creating their own. Visit the Open Educational Resources webpage to learn more about the program and the differences between these three options.

“Global Campus supports this initiative by the U of A to reduce the cost of textbooks while ensuring students receive high-quality materials,” said Cheryl Murphy, vice provost for distance education. “We believe that investing in faculty is essential to fostering innovation in teaching and student success.”

Potential participants can find the application on the OER Course Material Conversion Program website and will have until October 19 to complete applications. Submitted project applications are reviewed and scored by the Open Educational Resources team and the Campus Advisory Group. Consultations can be requested at any time during the process.

“We are excited to once again invite faculty to participate in the OER Course Materials Conversion Program,” said Lora Lennertz, Acting Open Education Librarian. “This program supports faculty in their efforts to adopt and create innovative educational resources while considering the costs associated with student participation and learning in the classroom. We welcome those interested in joining our growing OER community at the University of Arkansas.”

The OER Course Materials Conversion Program began providing funding to faculty in 2017. Since then, more than 8,000 students have benefited from the reduced cost of course materials.

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