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Open Education

University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS, United States
Official Website @KUnews

Type: Public 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 27,180

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OER Webpage
OER LibGuide


KU is an active member of the Open Textbook Network (OTN). We're one year into a two year pilot OER Grant program to support the adoption, adaptation, and creation of OER at KU. There's a well-established library publishing program which has published one open textbook and plans to support more as they arise. We were just selected to participate in the OpenStax Institutional Partner Program. A working group is expecting a charge from the Provost to explore and implement strategies for greater OER adoption. At present, we estimate savings at KU as a result of OER use at over $100,000.

Campus Details

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OER Programs

KU OER Grant Program

The goal of the OER Grant Program is to encourage instructor experimentation and innovation in finding new, better, and less costly ways to deliver learning materials to their students through open educational resources in KU classrooms. There are 3 models through which OER may be implemented: adopt an existing open resource or textbook, adapt existing resources to local needs, and create new resources to fill a gap in suitable materials. Each model requires an investment in time and effort to identify materials and adjust the course to new material. The third model, creation of new resources, can be quite time consuming, and represents the highest hanging fruit. The KU Libraries’ OER Grant Initiative seeks to support and incentivize OER adoption, adaptation, and creation through small grants to participating instructors.

The Initiative will fund grants between $1,000 and $5,000, depending on the needs of the proposed project, and the reach/impact of the outcomes for KU students locally, and globally.

Program Type:

Duration: 01/2017 - Present

Program Webpage:

Scope: OER (open course content)

Primary OER Strategy: OER Adoption

Secondary OER Strategies: OER Adaptation, OER Awareness, OER Curation, OER Pedagogy, OER Publication, OER Review/Assessment

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Source of Program Funding:

Total Program Funding to Date: $ 100,000

Incentives Offered by the Program:

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

Total amount of incentive grants awarded to date: $ 90,000

Total number of incentive grants awarded to date: 26

Typical amount of each grant: $ 3,000

Point of Contact

Josh Bolick
Scholarly Communication Librarian, David Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright