New Miller Grants available for Iowa State instructors

Feb 13, 2018 · Abbey Elder

The University Library is excited to announce a new grant program co-sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, the University Library, and the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost: the Miller Open Education Mini-Grants Program. The purpose of these grants is to encourage instructor innovation in assigning new, less expensive materials to students by using Open Educational Resources, "high-quality teaching, learning, and research materials [such as textbooks, lab books, videos, and course modules] that are free for people everywhere to use and repurpose."

Studies show that utilizing OER not only eases the cost of education, but also improves student success and retention. Furthermore, these grants will provide opportunities for instructors to create educational resources that other academic institutions can use in the future.

Grant amounts will range from $500 to $10,000. The following list is a selection of the type and variety of projects that will be considered for awards:

  • Replace a traditional textbook with an existing open textbook,
  • Redesign a course to incorporate OER,
  • Adapt existing OER, such as an open textbook or open course modules, to fit an existing course, or
  • Develop new OER to use in a course and share online.

Proposals are being accepted now for projects with a planned completion date in the 2018-19 academic year. Proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on April 15, 2018.

For more information about the program, visit the grants website or contact Abbey Elder, Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian.