Open Education Initiative

We’ve partnered with the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) to help instructors to replace expensive course materials with open educational resources (OER).

Due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, the 2020 Open Education Initiative has been postponed. Updates will be posted here as they become available.

Our goals:

  • Reduce the cost of textbooks and other course materials
  • Produce materials that are more engaging and customizable, and better support course learning objectives
  • Share materials openly with the international teaching and learning community

Accepting applications for two types of projects:

  • OER creation ($2,000) – For projects that create a new open educational resource for use in a Dartmouth course. Some examples may include development of an openly licensed video series or open course lecture notes.
  • OER adoption and adaption ($1,000) – For projects that adopt or adapt an existing open educational resource to replace a traditional textbook or other paid resource in a Dartmouth course. Some examples may include adopting an open textbook (e.g. from OpenStax) or a free, open system for homework.

Funding can be used at the discretion of the project leaders for such expenses as software, technology, wages for student assistants, licensing fees, and professional travel.

Eligible projects must:

  • Be directed by Dartmouth instructors
  • Apply to courses taught in fall 2020, winter or spring 2021
  • Use existing open educational resources or create new open educational resources

Expectations of award recipients

  • Meet with the Open Education Initiative team three times to develop a project plan and timeline and to check-in on progress and project support needs
  • Complete three workshops about open educational resources (one hour each) by the end of summer 2020
  • Implement open educational resources in a course taught in fall 2020, winter or spring 2021
  • Participate in evaluation of the course and the impact of OER
  • Provide feedback about this initiative and how it might be improved

Learn more about open educational resources and read about projects funded in 2019-2020.

Contact Katie Harding to learn more.