Proposal Elements & Selection Criteria
Proposals are reviewed by Libraries professionals at the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses.
Grants will be awarded on the basis of:
- strength of application and adherence to application requirements (vision of success, intended impact, timeline, and challenges)
- potential savings to University of Minnesota students
- positive impact on teaching and learning strategies
- willingness to partner with the Libraries and contribute to grant program cohort
- sustainability of the project for future courses
- innovative course materials and proposed pedagogical practice
- use of experiential learning resources (including makerspaces, 3D printing, multimedia production)
- use of open textbooks or other open educational resources
Preference given to projects implemented by either fall of 2023 or spring 2024.
Applications should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Before applying, interested parties are strongly encouraged to review the Open Educational Resources & Affordable Learning guide and schedule a consultation with Micah Gjeltema, Open Education & Affordable Content Librarian.
- Full name(s)
- Course, including number, title, number of students, current textbook or other course materials and their costs
- Email address
- Position title/rank
Provide a narrative of 500 words or less to describe your proposed alternative to a commercial textbook or other course materials. Include:
- your vision for the new curricular resource strategy and criteria for "success"
- the projected impact (for student learning, student savings, pedagogy, etc.)
- timeline/semester course is offered, and sustainability for future courses
- anticipated challenges of using alternative course materials and requests for support
Please include a copy of the course syllabus (including required materials) from the most recent semester in which a commercial textbook was used, for cost comparison.
University of Minnesota Libraries professionals will support participants by
- organizing workshops and showcases for the program cohort to encourage success
- consulting in the identification and evaluation of disciplinary OER textbooks and materials
- constructing Reading Lists to provide all selected materials through a single access point in Canvas
- investigating opportunities to purchase materials, particularly multi-user eBooks, with Libraries resources
- providing copyright & licensing assistance as well as technological support for OER creation through Libraries platforms like Pressbooks
By accepting a grant award, participants commit to
- participating in and contributing to program workshops and peer discussion
- revising and implementing a low- or no-cost syllabus in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024
- making any resulting adaptations or creations available with a CC-BY-NC 4.0 license
- implementing assessment strategies to determine project efficacy
- participating in a Libraries showcase upon project conclusion