Emory Open Education Initiative Website: https://scholarblogs.emory.edu/eoei/
Emory's Scholarly Communications Office: http://scholarblogs.emory.edu/scholcomm/
Emory Center for Digital Scholargship (ECDS): http://ecds.emory.edu
Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE): http://cfde.emory.edu/
Mini-grants from the Emory Open Education Initiative (EOEI)
To encourage faculty and instructors to create and use open educational resources (OERs) and library materials to support student learning in their courses, Emory Libraries and Information Technologies (LITS) implemented an exploratory pilot program, offering mini-grants of $1,000 each. The grants could be used to create or compile open educational resources (OERs), library materials, or faculty-generated content to be used in courses taught in the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 academic years in lieu of a textbook. The goal was to find better and less costly ways for faculty to deliver the instructional content their students need to learn, and to support assessment of whether learning objectives were met with the use of this content.
The mini-grants were open to all full time Emory faculty (both tenure and lecture track) and were available for both individual faculty members and faculty working as teams. The mini-grants included support from multiple areas of LITS, including the Scholarly Communications Office, Emory Center for Digital Scholarship, and the Libraries. This included assistance from librarians and technologists on creating and identifying appropriate open educational resources, library materials, and assessment methods.
Six mini-grants were awarded for the 2014-2015 cohort, and five mini-grants were awarded for the 2015-2016 cohort. Half of the funding was distributed upon selection and attendance at and OER immersion training, and the remaining half was distributed upon completion of project, including an assessment plan for teaching with the resource in the classroom as well as an overall evaluation of the program. The funds were used on a reimbursement basis for direct and incremental expenses only. Grant funds could not be used to offset salary.
The EOEI coordinators are currently evaluating the results of the first two cohorts. For additional information about future iterations of EOEI, please contact the Scholarly Communications Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or Leah Chuchran at email@example.com .