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Gerald R. Sherratt Library


Open Educational Resources (OER): Library Sponsored OER Grant

This guide on OER is intended to 1) help faculty find high quality OER to support their curriculum, 2) support students in finding supplemental materials to aid their studies.

General Information

In many instances, the high cost of textbooks have become a significant barrier to student success. The goal of the Sherratt Library's OER Grant Program is to support the  adaptation and creation of open educational resources (OER) by SUU faculty/instructors and encourage their use at SUU to positively impact students and pedagogical innovation. Faculty/instructors can apply for up to $750 to implement OER in their courses. General information about OER can be found at

Individuals, teams, and departments/programs may submit proposals describing a project to:

  • Adapt existing open educational resources to your instructional needs; up to $500; or 

  • Create an open educational resource where none currently exist; up to $750

The goal of the OER Grant Initiative is to encourage instructor experimentation and innovation in finding new, better, and less costly ways to deliver learning materials to their students through open educational resources. There are 2 models through which OER may be implemented: adapt existing resources to local needs and create new resources to fill a gap in suitable materials. The third model, creation of new resources, can be quite time consuming. Each model requires an investment in time and effort to identify materials and adjust the course to new material.

Any instructor of record for a course at SUU is eligible for funding. Awards will range between $500 and $750; funding level will be determined by the needs of the project. Funds may be used to complete the project outlined in their proposal pursuant to the adoption, adaptation, or creation, and implementation of an open resource in a course they are teaching or will soon teach. Funding may recompense time needed to assess, choose, and adopt and/or adapt an open textbook..

Material eligibility: the fund cannot be used to cover the purchase of commercial, electronic versions of textbooks; rentals of textbooks; or for already adopted open texts.

Selection and Additional Criteria
Completed submissions will be evaluated by members of the SUU OER Working Group. Awardees will be selected based on the narrative responses to the proposal questions, as well as:

  • Impact; first consideration will be given to those projects that offer the highest potential savings to SUU students (based on enrollment numbers and current text costs);

  • Quality and strength of the application and how well it meets requirements;

  • Timeline to implementation (preference for shorter over longer);

  • Ability to adapt or produce a quality product and actively engage students in the learning process;

  • Sustainability of the resource beyond initial use;

  • Willingness to apply an OER-compatible Creative Commons license to the finished product (if adapting or creating);

  • Accessibility and usability of the resource for all students

*We will try to balance adaption and creation proposals funded.

To apply, submit an application to Rosalyn Liljenquist, Scholarly Communications Librarian,
Completed applications will be accepted multiple times throughout the year. The first deadline is the first Friday in April and the second deadline is the second Friday in October. 


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