Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources


Textbooks are a significant cost for students in all programs.  According to the college board, students of private, 4-year institutions spend an average of $1,244 on textbooks per year.  Some of the most expensive textbooks at Rollins cost over $350.

What are Open Educational Resources?


According to the OER Commons, Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching materials that can be freely used without charge, because the creator of the materials chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights. Most OER materials have a Creative Commons or GNU license that stipulates how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.  Educators around the world are tapping into OER as a cost saving source of curriculum, and because of the opportunity it provides for the support of learning in a flexible and equitable environment.

OER Grant General Information


The OER Grant program aims to significantly lower the cost of required materials (e.g. textbooks) to enrolled students in a specific course while maintaining or improving student learning outcomes and satisfaction with the required materials, and to contribute to the growing body of OER available to the global higher education community.  Therefore, this grant is open to all faculty members, including adjuncts and artists-in-residence, teaching in any Rollins program, including the Holt School.

This program aims to:

  • Significantly lower the cost of required materials (i.e. textbooks) to enrolled students in a specific course.
  • Maintain and improve student learning outcomes and satisfaction with the required materials.
  • Contribute to the growing body of OER available to the global higher education community.

Grants in the form of stipends of up to $3000 are available for Rollins faculty members interested in working with a team consisting of the Director of the CAJ Institute for Effective Teaching, an instructional technologist, and a librarian to lower the textbook costs for students in a specific course using Open Educational Resources (OER.) The grant will be for three years, or three iterations of a specific course. Therefore, grants could last for a minimum of three semesters and a maximum of six years. The committee will fund one new OER project per academic year.

New Courses

In the case of new courses that are planned with OER from their inception, applicants should calculate the cost of equivalent traditional required materials, and estimate the expected enrollment in the course. In these cases, the grant will only consist of two phases and the stipend will consist of two stipends of $1,000. Applications involving new courses can be submitted when courses are at any point in the course approval process.

Overview of the Application Process


Consultation

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with a librarian and instructional technologist about suitable existing OER and OER that might have to be created, and with the Director of the CAJ Center on possible assessment mechanisms prior to submitting this application.

I. Review of Grant Proposals

Please remember that your proposal will be reviewed in a spirit of collegiality, there is no discipline specific review. Your application must be well conceived, clearly stated, and written in a language that can be understood by an audience of your faculty peers.
Grant proposals will be reviewed by the grant committee, with the grant committee requesting recommendations from the appropriate Dean. In CLA, the Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC) will provide the Dean with the funding recommendation. For Crummer faculty the grant committee will review and approve proposals directly.
In addition, proposals which involve a course taught by multiple faculty members should be accompanied by a statement from the department head or director, or from the appropriate dean supporting the proposal.

II. Deadlines

The submission deadline is February 28th, 2017.

III. Submission of FSAR

If the FSAR is required from your school, grant applications will only be considered from faculty members who have filed their most recent FSAR with their Academic Dean’s office.  

IV. Final Report, Presentation, and Disposition of OER.

In the final year/course iteration of the Grant Award, recipients are required to:

  1. File a report on the outcome of the grant with their Academic Dean, due by May 30 of the final year of the grant.
  2. Present the results of the grant to an on-campus audience.
  3. Upload any OER created or modified in the course of the grant to the Florida repository of OER, the Digital Orange Grove, or a comparable open repository.
Your application and report are considered to be matters of public record.

Application Guidelines


I.    Submissions

Completed grant applications should be via our online submission form by February 28th, 2017.

II.    Eligibility

A.    Rollins faculty members, including adjuncts and artists-in-residence are eligible for OER Grants.

B.    Proposals will be judged on:
  1. The completeness of the application.
  2. The total cost to each student of traditional required materials the last time the course was taught. (The higher the better.)
  3. The average enrollment in the course and the frequency with which it is scheduled. (The higher the better.)
  4. The availability of suitable OER in major repositories (MERLOT, Florida’s Digital Orange Grove, OER Commons, etc.) (The greater the availability and quality the better.)
  5. The likelihood that the applicant can and will complete the work involved in the three years/iterations of the grant. (The better the description of available OER, the applicant’s ability to create OER, and the possible assessment mechanisms described in the application the better.)

See the section on new courses for how such courses will be judged.

C.    The committee will not review proposals:
  1. Submitted after the application deadline.
  2. With missing information.
  3. From faculty members who have not submitted a Final Report on the outcomes of previous grant awards.
  4. From faculty members who have not submitted an FSAR (if applicable) for the previous year.
D.    Proposals meeting the following criteria will be given priority:
  1. Proposals that have the potential to lower the costs of textbooks for a large number of students because the course has high enrollment, is taught frequently, or in multiple sections.
  2. Proposals that include effective mechanisms to assess/compare student learning before and after the changes you plan to implement.
  3. Proposals from applicants who have consulted instructional technologists, librarians, and the Director of the CAJ Center during the preparation of the application.
  4. Proposals that make effective use of the Director of the CAJ Center, IT and Library personnel and resources.

III.    The Stipend

The successful applicant will receive three $1,000 stipends , delivered upon successful completion of each course year/iteration.  See the section on new courses for details of the stipend in such cases.

A.    In the first year (or iteration) of the course the faculty member will:

  1. Teach the course using the traditional required materials.
  2. With the assistance of the team, assess the impact of the traditional textbooks or required materials on the course outcomes and on student learning.
  3. With the assistance of the team, select, or create, and organize OER materials for the course.
  4. With the assistance of the team, develop an assessment mechanism for measuring the impact of the OER on the course outcomes and student learning, and on student and faculty satisfaction.

B.    In the second year/iteration the faculty member will:

  1. Teach the course using OER materials.
  2. With the assistance of the team, assess the impact of the OER on the course outcomes and student learning, and on student and faculty satisfaction.

C.    In the third year/iteration the faculty member will:

  1. Make any revisions based on B (2) and teach the course using OER materials.
  2. With the assistance of the team, assess the impact of the OER on the course outcomes and student learning, and on student and faculty satisfaction.
  3. Publicize the results of the grant at a suitable on-campus event and be encouraged to communicate the work to a wider audience.
  4. File a report on the outcome of the grant with their Academic Dean, due by May 30 of the final year of the grant.
  5. Upload any OER created or modified in the course of the grant to the Digital Orange Grove or a comparable open repository.

OER Grant Application

You can complete the grant application and submit a final report with these forms:

Consult

Wenxian Zhang
Interim Director, Olin Library
wzhang@rollins.edu
407.646.2237

Amy Sugar
Director, Instructional Design & Technology
asugar@rollins.edu
407.628.6359

Your Librarian
You can find your departmental liaison librarian here.