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Fort Hays State University

Hays, KS, United States
Official Website @FortHaysState

Type: Public 4-Year
Annual Enrollment: 13,825

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OER efforts at Fort Hays State University (FHSU) began in 2007 with the implementation of the Red Balloon Project, an undergraduate education and faculty development initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. After 2014, when the Red Balloon Project ended at FHSU, implementation of OERs slowed, but the OER Committee continues to work with FHSU's Forsyth Library to promote OERs. Grants from $500-$3000 are available to faculty members who wish to write, adapt, or add supplementary materials to open textbooks. In Spring 2017, the OER Committee conducted a survey to evaluate faculty attitudes and beliefs related to OERs and to determine which courses were using OERs. The Library provides an OER search service for faculty who wish to determine what resources are available in their disciplines, and the Learning Technologies division promotes open options during course design and redesign.

Campus Details

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OER Programs

Open Textbooks Grant Program

The Fort Hays State University (FHSU) Forsyth Library and the OER Committee provide mini grants of $500-$3000 for faculty wishing to write, adapt, or add supplementary materials to open textbooks. Finished textbooks and supplementary materials are stored in the FHSU Scholars' Repository.

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Duration: 04/2016 - Present

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Scope: OER (open course content)

Primary OER Strategy: OER Adaptation

Secondary OER Strategies: OER Awareness, OER Research, OER Publication

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Total Program Funding to Date: $ 20,000

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Conditions: Recipients are required to openly license and freely share resources created or adapted

Point of Contact

Claire Nickerson
Learning Initiatives and OER Librarian, Forsyth Library