Open Educational Resources Course Development and Implementation Grant Program (GEER funded)

Program Purpose

An Open Educational Resource (OER) is a teaching, learning, or research resource that is in the public domain or has been released under an intellectual property license that permits the free use, adaptation, and redistribution of the resource by any person.

The OER Course Development and Implementation Grant Program is a competitive program established to enhance quality in online course offerings and reduce the costs of educational materials for students at Texas public and independent institutions of higher education through matching grants to support the development of new OER for online delivery and/or the redesign of courses using existing OER. Grants will support teams of faculty engaged in this work. Two categories of grants are available under this Request for Applications (RFA):

  • Development Grants – matching grants of up to $25,000 to support faculty teams in developing new OER for online course delivery. Cross-institutional collaboration is required for Development grants; and
  • Implementation Grants – matching grants of up to $5,000 to support faculty or teams of faculty in the redesign of courses for online delivery using existing OER. Cross-institutional collaboration is encouraged for Implementation grants.

This RFA is to support eligible public and independent institutions of higher education in Texas that intend to propose faculty-led projects (with matching funds provided by the institution) for improving online learning and reducing costs of instructional materials to students for the following types of courses: 

  • Texas Core Curriculum courses, with priority for core courses that are among the fifty most frequently transferred courses for the participating institution(s) or the state. Dual credit courses are eligible. See below for a list of priority courses at the state level.
  • Co-requisite remediation for Texas Core Curriculum Courses, including non-course based options.
  • Courses from the Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM) course inventory, with priority for courses leading to high-value workforce credentials that correspond to high-need occupations.

THECB is establishing partnerships with three higher education institutions: OpenStax at Rice University, Dallas College, and the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin to provide technical assistance to OER Course Development and Implementation applicants and awardees. The technical assistance partner institutions will provide help and guidance to applicants and awardees in redesigning Texas Core Curriculum courses, co-requisite remediation for Texas Core Curriculum Courses, and/or courses from the Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM) course inventory..

Informational Webinars:

Informational webinars with technical assistance partners will be offered for this grant program. Dates will be announced soon.

  • November 10, 2020 - OERTX: Opportunities and Support for Digital Innovation (YouTube Play Family Practice Residency Program Advisory Committee (FPRP) YouTube Video)
  • Upcoming: An informational webinar - Exploring the Application Process - will be held Wednesday, December 2, 2020 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM CT.

    Attendees will be guided through the grant application process including examples of potentially successful partnerships, budget, and project development/design. There will be ample time for questions and individual consultation.

    Click the link below to register:
    https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_A0jhsyzTSTGWOlfeXI3psw

The OER Course Development and Implementation Grant Program stems from the allocation of $175 million provided to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board from the Governor’s Emergency Educational Relief (GEER) Fund. GEER dollars, in turn, originate from the U.S. Department of Education’s administration of the Education Stabilization Fund in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. The CARES Act (HR 748/S 3548 of the 116th Congress) was signed into law on March 27, 2020.

Dates to Remember:

The application process for this RFA is anticipated to proceed with three rounds of awards, contingent on available funding, with the third and final application submission deadline of 11:59 pm on January 11, 2021. Eligible Applicants are welcome to submit at any time before 11:59 pm on January 11, 2021 and applications will be reviewed in three rounds, according to the calendar below. Applications submitted after the specified due date for Round 1 will be considered in Round 2 and applications submitted after the specified due date in Round 2 will be considered in Round 3. Applications submitted after 11:59 pm on January 11, 2021 will not be considered under this RFA.

Round 1
 
November 17, 2020
Application Submission Deadline
December 11, 2020 THECB Anticipates Announcement of Grant Awards for Round 1
 
 
Round 2
 
December 15, 2020
Application Submission Deadline
January 26, 2021
THECB Anticipates Announcement of Grant Awards for Round 2
 
 
Round 3
 
January 11, 2021
Application Submission Deadline
February 19, 202
THECB Anticipates Announcement of Grant Awards for Round 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Inquiries should be directed to OER@highered.texas.gov or Kylah.Torre@highered.texas.gov.