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Open Education Resources: Faculty OER Incentive Program

Open Textbook Faculty Incentive Program

Webinar: OER Faculty Incentive Program - Perspectives from Past Awardees

When: Tuesday, December 3rd. 2-3pm

Where: go.library.uic.edu/oer-experience

Are you interested in applying for the 2020 Open Educational Resource Faculty Incentive Program? Do you have questions about the application or how to use an OER in your course? Please join us for this interactive online session which will cover the basics of applying for the Faculty Incentive Program, resources for identifying OER, and real life examples of how OER was implemented for College of Nursing courses. Kate Tredway and Theresa Williams from the UIC College of Nursing will present their experience finding and using OER in their courses. The session will conclude with a question and answer session.

Open Textbook Faculty Incentive Program

The high-cost of textbooks is one of the factors that affects student learning outcomes and student success.  Students avoid certain classes, drop a class, or do poorly when they cannot afford the text for a course.  Students at UIC expressed their concern over the costs of textbooks and asked the Faculty Senate to consider a USG (Undergraduate Student Government) resolution to encourage faculty to choose alternative options for course materials.  The UIC Faculty Senate endorsed the use of open education materials, when possible.

The Open Textbook Faculty Incentive Program supports undergraduate students by creating incentives for teaching faculty to use alternative lower-cost educational materials rather than high-cost textbooks.  This may include the adoption or adaption of existing OER materials.  If needed, it will support the creation of new Open Educational Resources (OER) to fill in gaps of your adopted / adapted OER materials.

“Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permission for open use.  Generally, this permission is granted by use of an open license (for example, Creative Commons licenses) which allows anyone to freely use, adapt and share the resource—anytime, anywhere.” (https://sparcopen.org/open-education)

Sponsored by the Provost and the University Library, a fund of $20,000 will be available annually, to faculty teaching undergraduates.  

Interested faculty will be required to submit a proposal.

What OER / Textbook Alternatives Are Eligible?

  1. Proposals will be submitted in one of two tiers:
    • Tier 1 (Adopt)
      • Individual faculty members incorporate an existing open textbook into their course ($500.00 award)
      • Multi-section course teams who adopt an existing open textbook(s) for use in multi-section courses (must be three or more sections) ($1,000 award)
  • Tier 2 (Modify)
    • Individual faculty members incorporate portions of multiple existing open textbooks, along with: other freely available educational resources, modifications of existing open education materials/ textbook, or development of new open education materials.  Materials available through the library’s collections* may also be included but material used should be minimal.  ($2,000 award)
    • Multi-section course teams of at least two instructors who adopt and modify an open educational resources/ textbook for use in all sections of the course.  ($2,000 award)

OER Awards will be transferred from the Library to a department CFOP.

An optional workshop on OER Basics will be available for faculty who want to learn more about OER.   


*Note about use of the Library's Collections: The library will not purchase new resources for this incentive program.   If you intend to use existing library collections, please check with your liaison librarian to make sure the number of users licensed for the library resource is adequately licensed for the class. The library occasionally purchases one copy of an e-book, but does not typically license multiple copies.  Library materials use must also fall within Fair Use.  

Importance of Open Education Resources at UIC

Open Textbook Review Incentive

Open Textbook Review Incentive

Reviews help faculty to decide if adopting open educational resources is right for their course. Up to $2000 will be available for faculty to review Open Textbooks from the Open Textbook Library. $200 will be offered for each review. The allocated money is available on a first come first serve basis. Faculty will provide a concise review of the textbook based on the following criteria: comprehensiveness, content accuracy, relevance, clarity, consistency, modularity, organization, interface, grammatical errors, and cultural relevance. The review will be posted on the Open Textbook Library under an open license. An optional workshop on OER Basics will be available for faculty who want to learn more about OER before writing a review.

OER Awards will be transferred from the Library to a department CFOP.

Funds for reviewing open textbooks are available throughout 2019, on a first come first serve basis. If you are interested in reviewing an open textbook, please fill out this form.

Components of Proposal

  • Name of Instructor(s)
  • Position Title/ Rank
  • Department and School/College
  • Contact Information (email, phone)
  • Basic information about the course (including course number and title)
  • Current textbook(s) and costs; number of students; number of total course sections for the course
    • What is the potential saving to students in this course if you use alternative open material?
  • What OER Tier is your proposal for and the funding amount expected? (Please ensure the justification is clear in your proposal.)
  • Please outline your plan.  (500 -750 words)
    • What is the nature of the course materials to be adopted  (open textbook adoption, use of freely available education resources).  What modifications will be needed for the existing materials (if any) and/or what new material will need be created to fill in missing content / gaps.  Also address any challenges or barriers anticipated in carrying out your plans?  If appropriate, discuss any internal approval required within your department.   
    • What is your timeline for implementation?  (Note: it is expected that funded proposals will be in place by Fall 2019.)
    • How will students access and utilize this open access material?  
    • If you create materials, how will you make these materials openly accessible for others to use?
  • How will you assess the effectiveness of the open access textbook/ materials in your course?
  • Describe your plan to assess or evaluate the use and outcomes of the course materials (see final report requirements). 

The Deliverables and Timelines

Proposal: The deadline for submission of proposals is January 31, 2020. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee of faculty, librarians and administrators. Awards will be announced by February 28, 2020. Selected projects will receive half of the awarded money at the point their project is approved.  Textbook adoption/ modification must be in place for the Fall 2020 semester.  Email proposals to: OER_inc.3mbd9uzw8jwejfm6@u.box.com

Final Report: The remainder of the awarded money will be provided upon submission of a final report summarizing and evaluating the OER substitution.  The final report should include:

  • the number of students enrolled in the course and cost savings; summary of usage across sections (if applicable)
  • Evaluation of impact on learning
  • Explanation of how material was accessed
  • Summary of usage if possible
  • What are your future plans?   Will you use the open book or other materials again?  Why or why not?
  • How would you characterize how the project went?

Questions

If you have questions, please contact Janet Swatscheno (jswatsc2@uic.edu, 312-355-0824) or use the Ask a Librarian Service

Further Information:

  • University Library Open Education Resources LibGuide: http://researchguides.uic.edu/opentextbooks
  • The Library will offer workshops and consultations to faculty about OER: OER availability, copyright and licensing issues, Creative Commons licenses, accessibility issues, sustainability, creating new content.