Now accepting 2021 Miller Open Education Mini-Grant proposals

Mar 03, 2021 · Abbey Elder

Now in its fourth year of operation, the Miller Open Education Mini-Grant Program encourages instructor innovation in adopting and creating Open Educational Resources (OER), “educational materials (textbooks, syllabi, videos, software, and more) that are free of cost and access barriers, and which also carry legal permission for open use.” The implementation of OER at Iowa State University has saved students more than half a million dollars during the 2020/2021 academic year. These free educational resources not only save students money, but also increase educational equity, benefiting marginalized students and those from underserved socioeconomic groups even more than their peers. 

All Iowa State staff members who teach a credit-bearing course are eligible to apply for a mini-grant either individually or as part of a team. Instructors can use this funding to:  

· locate and adopt appropriate OER into a course,  

· adapt and update existing OER to create something new, or  

· create a new OER or set of OER to support a course. 

Successful proposals can request funds ranging from $500 to $5,000, depending on the level of the project. Visit the OER website to learn more about these funding levels and download a proposal form. 

Submit proposals now for projects with a planned completion date in the 2021-2022 academic year. Proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, April 18, 2021

A Q&A for potential applicants will be held virtually from 2-3 p.m. on Friday, April 2 to provide general project support. In this casual event, participants will be provided with the opportunity to share proposal progress, ask questions, and receive feedback based on the Mini-Grants rubric.  

The Miller Open Education Mini-Grant Program is supported by a partnership between the Iowa State University library, the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost (SVPP), and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT).  

Contact Abbey Elder, Open Access and Scholarly Communication Librarian, for support or questions.