The OER Mini-Grant was created to accelerate the growing number of instructors using OER at Renton Technical College and lower textbook costs for students. This grant aims to support faculty development through the use of new and innovative resources in the classroom. The goal of the program is to encourage instructional innovation and enhance the scholarship of teaching and learning at Renton Technical College by providing instructors with the time and resources they need to redesign their courses around the use of OER.
OER are defined as “educational materials that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permission for open use.” This includes any course materials (textbooks, lab books, course notes, slide sets, videos, and more) released under an open license. Examples of OER currently in use at Renton Technical College can be see on our OER Heroes page.
If you are interested, please review this page fully and fill out the application, which will open on November 9, 2022 and will close on November 30, 2022.
Recipients will be notified no later than December 8, 2022 if they have been accepted. Based on the number of applicants and award levels, we MAY choose to consider additional applications past the original deadline, as funds allow.
To be considered for this grant, proposals must meet the following criteria:
This grant may NOT be used for:
|Award Level||Award Range||Expectations|
Option A: Content Creation
|$2000||Create an original Open Educational Resource for your course. This project must produce an OER that would replace a commercial resource that's currently used or has been used in the past for the course.|
|Option B: Multi-Section Integration||$1000||Integrate Open Educational Resources into each module of a single, multi-section course.|
|Option C: Partial Integration||$500||
Integrate Open Educational Resources into at least half of a single, multi-section course.
|Option D: Quality Course Certification||$500||
Instructor commits to having their OER course evaluated by C!TL team and making revisions to fulfill the WA Course Design Checklist. Stipend will also be accompanied by a state recognized badge.
|Option E: Enhance Course Using Videos||$500||Upgrading course to include videos that have an open license. One of these options is to use our lightboard.|
|*PRESSBOOKS BONUS||$150||Grant recipients get an ADDITIONAL $150 for publishing their OER in a Pressbook, whether adapting the original OER into a Pressbook OR creating an OER directly in Pressbooks.|