With the cost of college and student debt rising, utilizing high-quality, free teaching tools is a great way to support your students and advance education equity.
The OER@DVC workgroup supports faculty to convert their courses from traditional textbooks to Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) through one-on-one support and cohort grant programs.
This program will increase equitable access to education through zero-textbook cost materials (ZTC) and open educational resources (OER). Participants will receive equity-focused professional development, curation support, and a $3,000 stipend to convert existing courses from traditional textbooks to OER/ZTC.
New this spring: we are also accepting applications from faculty who are already teaching ZTC course sections and who want to improve/clean up their materials ($1,000 stipend).
Course conversions funded by this project are expected to save DVC students $468,000 by the end of 2023.
Open to all faculty (full-time and adjunct). Faculty can apply as individuals or as a department.
Funding is provided by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund and overseen by the OER@DVC work group.
Faculty will complete a 6-week facilitated, asynchronous OER@DVC Canvas training course (March 7-April 24) which will support them through the initial phases of the conversion process. This course will cover the basics of finding and adapting OER, as well as how to incorporate anti-racist pedagogy and universal design principles into course materials.
For faculty who already teach ZTC courses, the OER@DVC Canvas training course will guide faculty to revise and improve OER materials.
Prior to applying for this grant, we encourage you to conduct preliminary research into existing OER materials in your subject area to ensure that course conversion is feasible. More detailed training on how to identify relevant OER will be included in the Canvas training course.
Once you assess existing OER resources in your discipline, consider what you will need to convert your course. You may be able to adopt or revise existing materials, or you may need to create new materials. To identify existing OER materials we recommend:
To create a ZTC course, instructors can use a combination of OER, public domain materials, fair use copyrighted materials, and/or resources owned or licensed by the DVC Library.
|Lindsey Shively,OER@DVC Co-Coordinatoremail@example.com|
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The 2019-2021 faculty grant program was funded by the Department of Education through the Open Textbooks Pilot Program (CFDA #84,115T) grant and LibreText.