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Open Education Micro Grant Program: Program Information

Overview

PLEASE NOTE: The OEMG program is now closed to applications. This page is for information purposes only. 

We would like to thank all applicants who applied

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) Open Education Micro Grant Program (OEMGP) will support short-term proposals (up to one semester) for faculty to create, develop or modify open education resources to be used in their courses as well as similar courses elsewhere. The OEMGP will provide funding for Open Education Student Assistants to help faculty with their projects. The OEMGP is funded by UFV’s Office of the Provost and Vice President, Academic through the Strategic Initiatives Fund.

Open Education Micro Grant Program will support short-term proposals (up to one semester) for faculty to create, develop or modify open education resources and/or open pedagogy skills to be used in their courses (and in similar courses in other post-secondary institutions) and hence support student learning. The funding period for OEMGP is April to August 2022. Fundable projects may include, but are not necessarily limited to, modification of existing open education textbooks, editing and revising an open resource under development, a Pressbooks conversion (or similar), the development of ancillary resources for existing resources or some other project that leads to the creation of an open educational resource. Applicants for OEMGP funding must clearly show how the proposed project is expected to support, enhance, or improve student learning through the development/modification of open educational resources. It should also clearly describe the tasks to be undertaken by the Open Education Student Assistant assigned to successful projects. The fund is not intended to provide continuing support for projects. OEMGP funding for any one project is limited to $2500 of student time (students will be hired as Open Education Student Assistants at $15.20 per hour) and cannot be used for any other purpose.

OEMGP funding is open to all UFV teaching faculty members (permanent, sessional, LTA).

Applicants must address the combination of criteria appropriate to the creation, development, delivery and evaluation of the open education project being proposed. See Program Criteria below.

Successful applicants are required to submit a final report to the program administrators by August 31st 2022. The report will include a summary of the activities planned and undertaken and a description of the degree to which the significant goals and/or objectives of the proposal were achieved.

Email completed reports to: Claire.Hay@ufv.ca

The UFV Open Education Micro Grants Programs is funded by the UFV Office of the Provost and Vice-President, Academic through the Strategic Initiatives Fund.

This program is administered through a collaboration between the UFV Library and the Teaching and Learning Centre. For more information, please contact:  

Claire Hay (Teaching and Learning Specialist)
Email: claire.hay@ufv.ca
Phone: 236-887-5091

OR

Martin Warkentin (Copyright/Open Education Librarian)
Email: martin.warkentin@ufv.ca
Phone: 604-504-7441 ext. 4460

 

The OEMGP needs adjudicators to assess applications to the program.  If you are interested in open education practices but do not have a proposal in mind, consider being an adjudicator. If interested, please contact:

Claire Hay (Teaching and Learning Specialist)
Email: claire.hay@ufv.ca
Phone: 236-887-5091

OR

Martin Warkentin (Copyright/Open Education Librarian)
Email: martin.warkentin@ufv.ca
Phone: 604-504-7441 ext. 4460

Application Documents

Use the following template to provide details of your OEMGP proposal:

Open Education Resources Guide

For more information about OER, see the Library guide:

Additional Details

  1. Project deliverables: This proposal demonstrates a clear commitment to the creation of a tangible OE resource that can be shared within and across institutions. This may include an OE textbook chapter(s), adaptation of an existing resource, a Pressbooks (or similar) conversion of a resource, ancillary resources for pre-existing OE textbook etc. In addition, the proposal commits to the final product being openly licensed and freely available for adoption by faculty and used by students across the sector. The applicant will work towards the final OER being hosted on the BC Open Textbook portal (or similar repository).
  2. Educational impact: This proposal demonstrates relevance to a known open educational resource need and will strengthen student learning experiences.
  3. Student involvement: The proposal clearly articulates the responsibilities of the OE Student Assistant in contributing to this project.
  4. Strategic priorities: The proposal aligns with UFV’s Integrated Strategic Plan.

Applications will be scored and ranked according to the following criteria.  To be eligible for OEMGP funding, applications must receive “yes” in Section 1 (questions 1 and 2).

 

Complete the online application under the Submit Your Application tab. Applications must include the following:

  1. Application form: Complete and attach a detailed project proposal using the template provided under Application Documents (right box).
  2. Evidence of faculty commitment: By checking the appropriate box on the online application submission form, the applicant is assuming administrative, fiscal and intellectual responsibility for the project and commits to fulfilling the objectives set out in the application.  
  3. Statement of external support: If relevant, all applicants must state if they anticipate any additional support (e.g., funding, volunteer, research, etc.)
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