Two opportunities for University of Houston faculty to apply for awards for the creation and implementation of open educational resources (OER) are open.
The US Department of Education issued a notice inviting applications for new awards for the Open Textbooks Pilot program conducted under the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 84.116T. One to 3 OER grants totaling $5 million will be awarded in late September. The Open Textbooks Pilot program supports projects at institutions of higher education that create new open textbooks or expand their use of open textbooks while maintaining or improving instruction and student learning outcomes. Applicants are encouraged to develop projects that demonstrate the greatest potential to achieve the highest level of savings for students through sustainable, expanded use of open textbooks in high-enrollment courses (as defined in this notice) or in programs that prepare individuals for in-demand fields. The deadline for transmittal of applications is August 29, 2018.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Open Educational Resources Grant Program aims to encourage faculty at institutions of higher education to adopt, modify, redesign, or develop courses that use only OER.The THECB expects to award to eligible faculty a maximum of $5,000 for applications that propose to adopt, modify, redesign, or create one course that will use only open educational materials and a maximum of $10,000 for applications that propose to adopt, modify, redesign, or create multiple courses. The THECB anticipates awarding approximately twenty grants under this project for the biennium ending August 31, 2019. Applications must be submitted on or before August 20, 2018.