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Proposals are due March 1, 2024
Sponsored by Adler University Library, we are pleased to announce a 2-year pilot program to fund the adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) course materials for 2024 - 2026.
Funded by the Illinois Open Educational Resource Creation Grant, Adler University Library's OER Course Transformation Incentive Program, in support of student success and belonging at Adler University, will fund Adler faculty members' work to switch from the currently-used proprietary course materials to open educational resources (OER).
OER course materials (e.g. an open textbook) are openly-licensed and zero cost to students.
The high cost of textbooks is one of the factors that affects Adler University students' learning outcomes and student success. Using course materials which are no-cost to students advances equity and belongingness. Consider the psychological message we send to students in terms of who belongs and who does not belong, based on the need to pay expensive tuition and buy a $100 textbook that likely does not reflect any faces that look like theirs.
Adler University students should not struggle to access their learning materials. Yet, many do, due to the high cost of textbooks and course materials. Addressing these financial barriers and inability to see themselves in the curriculum can have a direct impact on students’ sense of belonging, particularly those who come from historically marginalized backgrounds.
NOTE: All project funding is dependent upon Adler Library's grant application being accepted by the State of Illinois (notification expected by June 2024).