Open Education Resources
Open Education Resources are freely accessible, openly licenced, and can be adapted or re-used depending on requirements. They provide benefits such as increased affordability of education for students, and greater flexibility for instructors.
Last year funding was issued by the Open and Affordable Course Materials Working Group, and supported by the Provost's Advisory Committee on Teaching and Learning to facilitate the creation of open educational resources here at Queen's. Three new open textbooks were created and according to last year's authors' estimates approximately $56,000 of savings per year were realized for Queen's students.
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, even when those are less 'polished' than commercial offerings - Dr. Ryan Martin
For more details, please see OER Success Stories at Queen's for more on the benefits.
2018/19 Call for Proposals
Building on the successful funded projects of 2017/18 to create open text books, Queen’s is issuing a second Call for Proposals to receive financial support for new projects.
Two funding streams are available:
Adapt an Open Textbook ($800 available for each project)
Create an Open Textbook ($7,500 available for each project)
Funding for these projects is provided by Queen’s University Library and the Campus Bookstore.