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Open Educational Resources (OER) & Reed Library: Course Redesign Incentive

Fredonia’s Open Education Resources (OER) Initiative:

Fredonia is pleased to participate in the SUNY Open Education Resources initiative. Using OER in the classroom is one strategy for providing students with access to high-quality and affordable educational content. OER are any resources available at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning, or research. These resources can include textbooks, course readings, and other learning content, such as simulations, games, quizzes, and assessment tools.

In addition to the affordability of OER, they provide enhanced accessibility for vision-impaired students. They also offer a far greater degree of flexibility and customizability to the instructor, allowing for revision of the original text and/or combination of multiple OER.

About the Incentive

Fredonia has received funding from SUNY to support the adoption of OER. For a course to be considered OER at least 50% of the materials used should reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits re-purposing by others. Course redesign incentives are being made available to recognize  faculty who have already designed OER courses, or who plan to redesign a course using OER materials. OER courses offered from Summer 2020 through Spring 2021 are eligible to apply for funding. Preference will be given to high enrollment, general education courses, and courses with high-cost textbooks. 

Eligibility: All full-time and part-time teaching faculty. Must be the instructor of record for the course you are submitting.

  • $600 (per faculty member) per course — both new and existing OER courses are eligible to apply
  • $750 (per faculty member) for faculty teams committed to converting all sections of a course to OER
  • $750 (per faculty member) for general education and/or high enrollment courses (50+ students)

Submission Guidelines

Once approved, the faculty member is eligible for the OER Course Redesign Incentive and will receive a memorandum of agreement to proceed with the redesign.

Deadline to apply: June 1, 2020

Apply for the Individual Incentive

Apply for the Team Incentive

Successful applicants will provide the following:

  • Evidence demonstrating that at least 50% of the materials used will reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits re-purposing by others
  • Evidence that all required textbook materials for each course will cost no more than $50.00 per student total
  • A commitment to using OER materials each time they teach the course for the next three years
  • A commitment to receiving instructional design and library support
  • A commitment to submitting a revised course syllabus by June 15, 2020

OER Course Design Process

Step 1: Receive support from a librarian in Reed Library to identify OER materials for your course.
Register for an OER Discovery Lab, or schedule an individual appointment.

Step 2: Apply for the OER course redesign incentive.

Step 3: Receive one-on-one support from an OER course design expert.
Once your application has been accepted, the instructional design support team will set up time(s) to provide you with one-on-one course design support.

Step 4: Submit your revised syllabus.
Submit a revised syllabus that includes a course schedule outlining all OER readings, assignments and course materials by June 15, 2020 to the OER Review Committee.

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