Open Education Initiative

Dartmouth Library's Open Education Initiative provides grants to support the adoption and creation of open educational resources (OER) for Dartmouth courses.

Applications for the next round of projects will be accepted between February 1 and March 31, 2022.

Our goals

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

Project types

  • OER adoption: locating appropriate existing OER and replacing current course materials with that.
    • Example: Find an open access textbook in the Open Textbook Library and replace a paid textbook with it.
    • Grant amount: $1,000.
  • OER adaptation: replacing current course materials with existing OER that you have revised, updated, and/or combined as needed.
    • Example: If there is not an open textbook currently available that meets your needs, look for content in OER Commons. Combine chapters, videos, or other materials to suit your course, revising the content and adding connecting material as needed.
    • Grant amount: $2,000.
  • OER creation: replacing current course materials with new OER that you have created from scratch.
    • Example: Write a new handbook for a lab or writing course.
    • Grant amount: $2,000-$4,000, depending on the scale of the project.
  • Multi-section OER adoption: converting all instances of a course to use OER.
    • Example: Work with other members of your department to adopt or write an open textbook for all sections of an introductory course.
    • Grant amount: $2,000-$5,000, depending on the number of sections affected and whether materials already exist or must be created.

Expectations of award recipients

  • Adopt, adapt, and/or create OER as described in their proposal.
  • Teach a course using this OER.
  • Survey students on their experiences with the new OER and share results with the program organizers.
  • Complete a survey on their own experiences with the program.
  • If creating an OER or revising an existing one, make the new/updated version freely available online (through Dartmouth Digital Commons or another open access platform). Share the new resource with the academic community in the relevant subject area.
  • Attend the annual transition meetings at the beginning and end of their program, as well as the December cohort lunch and other optional cohort meetings as interested.
  • Attend at least three meetings with members of the Open Education Initiative team (team member roles and a project timeline will be discussed during the first meeting; subsequent meetings will be used to check in on progress and project support needs).
  • Attend the required OER 101 workshop and other trainings/consultations as needed.
  • Participate on the panel at the annual transition meeting at the end of their year.
  • If interested, stay involved (attend future transition meetings, act as a mentor for future grantees, encourage OER at Dartmouth and in their fields, participate in open education conferences and publications, etc.)

Further information

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

Contact Stephen Krueger, the Scholarly Publishing Librarian, for more information about OER or the Open Education Initiative.

The Open Education Initiative is a collaboration with DCAL.