Open Education Resources

Open Education Resources (OERs) are freely accessible, openly licensed learning materials that can be adapted or re-used depending on instructor requirements. They increase the affordability of education for students and provide greater flexibility for instructors.

Over the last three years the library has acted on the recommendations of the Open and Affordable Course Materials Working Group with support from the Provost's Advisory Committee on Teaching and Learning to provide funding to facilitate the creation of open educational resources at Queen's. To date 13 open textbooks have been funded and, according to the authors' estimates, approximately $500,000 of savings per year will be realized for Queen's students when these textbooks are completed.

The students who took my course last year were very excited to hear that we were developing a new text for the course. Students strongly support open-access educational resources.  - Dr. Ryan Martin

For more details on the benefits of open education, please see OER Success Stories at Queen's.

2021 Call for Proposals

The 2021 call for proposals builds on the successful, funded projects of 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20 to create open textbooks. This year we are opening applications to include other types of OERs to broaden the ways instructors can meet student needs in a remote instruction environment. We continue to encourage applications for open textbooks under both streams. 

These grants are designed to support the creation or adaptation of the primary educational resource for a course of study at Queen’s University such as textbooks, audio or video-based resources, interactive simulations, or instructional websites.  

Course design and other ancillary materials (syllabi, test banks, assignments, slide decks, etc.) are not eligible. If you are unsure whether your project meets these criteria, please contact the Library. 

Two funding streams are available: 

Funding for these projects is provided by Queen’s University Library.

The deadline for proposals is May 14, 2021.

To learn more email an Open Scholarship Services specialist and visit Getting Started with OERs.

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