The Open movement seeks to equalize access to knowledge and expand educational opportunities through Open Educational Resources. Consequently, universities have developed Open Textbooks and course content to alleviate the cost of educational resources and promote student retention. In advancing global access to quality SDA higher education resources, the JWL proposes a grant to incentivize the development of OERs. This presentation discusses the open-access content creation, grant, and tools to support the development and sharing of learning resources.
The James White Library OER Initiatives foster the development of OER resources by providing small grants to participating instructors to support the creation, adaptation, and adoption of Open Educational Resources for teaching and learning from an Adventist faith-based perspective.
Dr. Max Keller, MUCT 151, 152, 153, 154– Ear Training Laboratory I-IV
Dr. Cristy Moss, MLSC 350, 451, 452—Fundamentals of Clinical Chemistry; Clinical Chemistry I; and Clinical Chemistry I
Dr. Melissa Poua, MLSC 432—Specialized Clinical Microbiology
To expand the outreach of Adventist education: deepen students’ education experience through customized educational resources.
To encourage instructor experimentation and innovation in finding new, better, and lower-cost ways to deliver learning materials to their students through OER.
Affordable alternatives to the high cost of textbooks and the need to expand educational opportunities through Open Educational Resources are significant measures in eliminating barriers to student success and improving enrollment and retention. The JWL OER Grant Initiative seeks to encourage, support, and incentivize OER adoption, adaptation, and creation through small grants to participating instructors. Up to $5000 will be available for distribution to instructors to implement OER in their courses.
Three models exist:
AU faculty, other full-time teaching positions, teams, departments/programs, and adjuncts may submit proposals for funding at the course and/or section level (i.e., all sections of a program of instruction or section/s under the applicant’s control). Graduate teaching assistants can apply under the direction of faculty/staff. Awards range from $1,000 to $2,500 as determined by mode (adopt, adapt, create) and the project’s needs.
Download the form below, complete it, and submit your application by sending int to the provided email. The JWL OER Committee will evaluate completed submissions. Awardees will be informed of the amount allocated to their projects.
Awardees are expected to comply with several provisions designed to ensure the openness and availability of the funded projects and provide feedback to inform the assessment of the grant initiative. Generally, awardees agree to the following conditions:
Support for grant development is available from the Office of Research and Creative Scholarship; the Center for Teaching & Learning can provide curricular design, integration, and assessment expertise; and the OER librarian at the JWL can help identify sources and examples of OER materials, serve as a resource for Creative Commons licensing, and provide copyright guidance.
Library support will include the following:
Introduction to grant at Faculty Institute
Aug. 17, 2023
Call for proposals
Aug. 18, 2023
Deadline for submission
Oct. 22, 2023, at 11:59 p.m.
Review of applications begins
Oct. 23, 2023
Nov. 30, 2023
Final report and program evaluation
Fall semester implementation
Feb. 28, 2025
Spring semester implementation
June 28, 2025
Paulette Johnson — Dean of Libraries
Terry Robertson — Seminary Librarian
Margaret Adeogun — OER Librarian
Anneris Coria Navia — Center for Teaching and Learning
Michael Gayle — Curriculum and Learning Design Specialist
Gary Burdick — Dean of Research (Consultant)