2017-18 Open Educational Resources Grants recipients announced

This is an important project, led by my team in the Taylor Institute (go, Ykje and Samara!). We’re all looking forward to seeing what the grant recipients come up with this year.

OER grants fall under two streams: “adopt and adapt” and “create.” The former category consists of projects in which grant-holders redevelop existing materials for their OERs, whereas the latter involves the inception of an OER from the foundation up.

The OER Pilot has invited instructors to submit project proposals. In the adopt and adapt model, accepted projects are funded to allow for two undergraduate student researchers to apply two to three online resources with course- and lesson-based outcomes. At the same time, instructors employ graduate students to peer review resources for their project courses. Finally, faculty selects and decides on the most appropriate resource.


2017-18 OER Grant Recipients

  • Sharaz Khan, Haskayne School of Business
    “Business technology management (BMTA 601)
  • Nicole Sandblom, Faculty of Science
    “General chemistry for engineers” (CHEM 209)
  • Joanna Rankin, Cumming School of Medicine
    “Introduction to disability and social theory” (CORE 209)
  • Elena Rangelova, Schulich School of Engineering
    “Fundamentals of surveying” (ENGO 343)
  • Mayi Arcellana-Panlilio, Cumming School of Medicine
    “Honours cell & molecular biology” (MDSC 351)
  • Maria Stoletova, Haskayne School of Business
    “Business process improvement and creative problem solving” (MGST 741)
  • Jason Donev, Faculty of Science
    “Introduction to energy” (PHYS 371)
  • Kathleen Hughes, Faculty of Arts
    “Cognitive development” (PSYCH 451)
  • Elizabeth Montes Garcés, School of Languages, Linguistics, Literatures & Cultures
    “Beginners’ Spanish II” (SPAN 203)
  • Catherine Wagg, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
    “An introduction to veterinary clinical pathology” (VETM 442)

Source: 2017-18 Open Educational Resources Grants recipients announced | UToday | University of Calgary

 

2 Replies to “2017-18 Open Educational Resources Grants recipients announced”

  1. D’Arcy,

    A few questions:
    1- How much are the grants?
    2 – Have all of your instructors who received grants adopted the resources they had their graduate students review? If not, what happens with the grant funding?
    3 – Can you explain this part in more detail: “In the adopt and adapt model, accepted projects are funded to allow for two undergraduate student researchers to apply two to three online resources with course- and lesson-based outcomes.”?

    1. Heather!

      1. They’re small grants for the pilot – $4,000 each. Not enough to make anything substantial, but more than enough to find and integrate existing OERs, or to make a small-ish resource.

      2. They’re still in the process of actually receiving the funding, but once it’s transferred, there’s not much we can do – aside from public shaming… SHAME! I’m hoping the visibility of the pilot will prevent things going off the rails that way…

      3. For Adopt – this was the initial plan for the entire pilot, having 2 undergrad students act as researchers to discover what existing OERs are already available – textbooks or other content/resources – that match the learning outcomes from the course (taking the course outline, beefed up with info about the actual outcomes if needed, so the students know what to look for). Ideally, these students would have already taken the course, so they’re familiar with the content/concepts/teaching and can find things that kind of fit. Then, grad students would review what the undergrads found, looking for quality, pedagogical appropriateness, etc. And then the instructor gets final say on what they actually integrate into their course.

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