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Open Education Faculty Fellowships

Due to a reduction in library staffing, OER Faculty Fellowships are not currently available. We hope to bring this program back soon!

The GCC Open Education Faculty Fellowship program aims to lower the cost of education for students be encouraging GCC faculty to assign free and low-cost materials, including open educational resources (OERs), in place of traditional textbooks. Competitive OEFF mini-grants are intended to compensate faculty for the additional time necessary to locate, evaluate, and/or create appropriate materials.

Some details:

  • The OEFF funds the development of new courses and major chages to existing courses.
  • OEFF grants are open to any GCC instructor–adjuncts are encouraged to apply.
  • Please complete one application for each course number (even if applying as a group).
  • Multiple grants to one faculty member will be considered.
  • All materials for the resulting courses must be available to students at no cost, or at a very low cost. The definition of ‘low cost’ will be determined on a case-by-case basis depending on the cost of current materials. At least a 75% savings to students is expected.
  • Participation in periodic assessment of student success and cost savings (using periodic surveys and institutional data) is a condition of the grant. There will be no evaluation of classroom instruction or student learning outcomes.

Award criteria:

  • Viability: An applicant’s plan demonstrates that appropriate materials exist or can be created.
  • Impact: Core courses with high enrollment will receive priority.
  • Savings: Courses that currently utilize high-cost materials will receive priority.
  • Novelty: Courses, instructors, and departments who have not previously received mini grants in previous rounds will receive priority.

Have questions about the application? Looking for help researching OERs in your field? Contact Tim Dolan, GCC librarian.

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