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Affordable & Open Educational Resources Grant Applications Open

What is the Affordable & Open Educational Resources (A&OER) Grant?


The cost of a college education prohibited 2.4 million low- and moderate-income students from attaining a bachelor’s degree in the first decade of the century[1]. Affordable and Open Educational Resources (A&OER) provide students immediate and unlimited access to course materials, enhance learning by providing up-to-date and interactive resources, and lead to greater retention and graduation.  Additionally, they help to lower the cost of education.


The UM System A&OER Grant program encourages faculty and instructors to commit to the use of A&OER materials through the adoption, adaptation, or creation of A&OER materials. Depending on the level of cost savings and faculty engagement with A&OER, grant awards may range from $800 to $8,000. The grant application is currently open and proposals are due March 1, 2019.


What are A&OER?


Open Educational Resources (OER) are defined by the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation as “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.”


Additionally, other non-OER materials can help reduce the cost of education for students. The UM System defines affordable as <$40 for course materials, but reducing the cost of materials by 50%-90% can also qualify for grant funding.



How can I learn more?


UMKC’s OER staff will be hosting two grant information sessions to review the application process and answer questions. Join us at a session:


  • Monday, Jan. 28 from 4:00pm-5:00pm in MNL 121
  • Thursday, Jan. 31 from 1:30pm-2:30pm in MNL 121

Posted: January 10, 2019