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Open Educational Resources at RTC: OER Mini-Grant

Apply for an OER Mini-Grant: Background

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 May 18, 2022 and will close on June 10, 2022. 

Recipients will be notified no later than June 17, 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. 

Who is Eligible to Apply?

To be considered for this grant, proposals must meet the following criteria:

  • The proposal is submitted by one or more Renton Technical College employees with teaching responsibilities.
  • The proposal includes the intent to use an Open Educational Resource in a credit-bearing course.
  • Instructors may only submit one proposal per academic year. 

This grant may NOT be used for:

Award Levels

Award Level Award Range Expectations

Level 1: Course Conversion

$250 Locate, evaluate, an adopt an existing Open Educational Resource for your course.
Level 2: Adaptation $500

Adapt, update, or combine existing Open Educational Resource to enhance your course.

Level 3: Multi-Section Integration $1000

Integrate Open Education Resources into every section of a single, multi-section course.

Level 4: Content Creation $2000 Create an original Open Educational Resource for your course. This project must be result in an OER that would replace a commercial resource that's currently used or has been used in the past for the course.
*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

How Will Proposals Be Reviewed?

The proposals will be reviewed by the OER Steering Committee

Evaluations will be based on the quality of applications as determined by the criteria of the Open Education Resources Grant Rubric.

*Rubric created by the Miller Open Education Mini-Grant Program at Iowa State University. 


What are the Expectations of Grant Recipients?

Before During After
  • Meet with Di and/or Nizar to discuss your project and the support available to help you complete it.
  • Attend a one hour workshop to review OER basics, expectations for the grant, and FAQs (time TBA). 
  • Complete Open Washington OER Training (Modules 1-10). This self-paced training can take anywhere from 2-4 hours.
  • Complete OER materials by the end of Summer 2022 (August 12, 2022) to be used in the Fall 2022 quarter in a credit-bearing course. Due to a short summer quarter and vacations, there may be some flexibility in this timeline, as long as all materials are ready before September 12, 2022. Let us know as soon as possible if you need an adjusted timeline.
  • Publish OER created through a grant in an open, editable format and submit this OER to Di Zhang ( and Nizar Ali ( through email by August 12, 2022, 11:59 pm. Let us know as soon as possible if you need an adjusted timeline. 
  • Submit a report on the grant's outcomes by December 8, 2022, 11:59 pm.
  • Publish OER created through the grant under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
  • Showcase outcomes of the project on the RTC OER Heroes Library Guide.
  • Join other grantees to share experiences by providing a brief presentation of your project in 2023, date TBD.