About Open and Affordable Teaching Materials Grants
The University of Delaware Library, in partnership with the Academic Technology Services and the Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning, provides one-time grants to University of Delaware faculty and instructors who wish to make their courses more affordable. Our goal is to support course material affordability at UD, promote the use of open and affordable educational resources and library collections, and empower faculty to innovate their teaching through the use of these materials.
The proposal period for the 2024-2025 grant cycle is opening on March 1!
There are four ways for faculty and instructors interested in reducing course costs with support from this grant program to proceed:
- Transition a small course: This track offers $500 grants to individuals working to enrich a small course (49 students or fewer) by incorporating open educational resources and/or library-licensed materials in order to significantly reduce costs, or $600 per person for teams working to enrich a small course which is offered via 5 or more unique sections in a typical semester.
- Transition a mid-sized course: This track offers $1,500 grants to individuals that wish to enrich a mid-sized course (50-150 students) by incorporating open educational resources and/or library-licensed materials in order to significantly reduce costs.
- Transition a large enrollment course: This track offers $5,000 grants to individuals that wish to enrich a large enrollment course (150 students or greater) by incorporating open educational resources and/or library-licensed materials in order to significantly reduce costs, plus funding for up to 100 hours for undergraduate student labor to assist with the project.
- Author an open educational resource: This track offers $5,000 grants to individuals or teams who wish to create an open educational resource to fit the needs of their course through altering, editing, or remixing existing materials, and/or creating original material. This could involve the inclusion of student-created materials, faculty contributions, or faculty creating an edition or anthology of existing texts in accordance with fair use law. These projects will receive support from UD Press and Library staff.
The most successful applications to one of the transition tracks are those in which an applicant has scheduled a consultation with their liaison librarian in advance, which includes a review of the grant rubric. Those considering the authorship track are encouraged to reach out to the University of Delaware Press to schedule a consultation in advance, which includes a review of the authorship grant rubric.
Any faculty (full-time or part-time) or instructor of record delivering courses at the University of Delaware is eligible to apply. Grant applications must include a letter of support from the department chair demonstrating departmental support for the sustainability of the project.