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Montana State University

Bozeman, MT, United States
Official Website @montanastate

Type: Public 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 14,982

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OER Webpage
OER LibGuide


Montana State University is a public, land-grant institution. As one of our values, we state: Openness and Access: We believe in openness and equitable access in scholarship and resources. We ensure that information is readily available to our community. Our Strategic Plan has goal, 2.3 of "Expand, adapt, and diversify collections and services" and it will be measured by "Measuring the number of times highquality OER/OA materials are used."

We have two library faculty members and one staff member who work in the area of scholarly communication as some or all of their job responsibilities. We are member's of the Open Textbook Network, we have faculty with Creative Commons Licensing Certification and we had a faculty member participate in the Open Textbook Network's innaugural OER Certification Program.

We have a recently launched OER Grant Program for faculty adoption, adaption, or creation of OER for MSU undergraduate courses. MSU is a member of the TRAILS Consortium which supports OER efforts across Montana institutions of higher education.

Currently, we are pursuing establishing an award to be presented at Faculty Convocation which recognizes innovation in open education, sponsored by the Library.

Campus Details

Campus Entities Most Active in Efforts Advancing OER:

Library Departments Active in Efforts Advancing OER:

Academic Subjects With Greatest OER Traction:

Mechanisms to Support OER Included in the Following:

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OER Programs

Montana State University Library OER Grant Award Program

Overview: The Initiative will fund grants to migrate existing course materials for undergraduate classes at MSU to open educational resources (OER). The amount of funding depends on the needs of the proposed project, and the reach/impact of the outcomes for MSU students.

Individuals, teams, and departments/programs may submit proposals describing a project to:

Program Type:

Duration: 02/2019 - Present

Program Webpage:

Scope: Cost-free course content, including OER

Primary OER Strategy: OER Adoption

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

Unit Housing the Program:

Source of Program Funding:

Funding from Library Departments:

Total Program Funding to Date: $ 50,000

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: $ 11,200

Total number of incentive grants awarded to date: 3

Typical amount of each grant: $ 3,700

MOU for Participants

OER Resources

Open Educational Resources (OER) at Montana State University

This Libguide gives an overview of Open Educational Resources for Montana State University faculty. It covers finding OER, subject-specific OER resources, adapting and evaluating OER, Creative Commons and Copyright information, and OER incentives at MSU.

Resource Permissions:

Resource Citation:
Montana State University (MSU) Library Research Guide on Open Educational Resources (OER) by Doralyn Rossmann is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Point of Contact

Doralyn Rossmann
Head of Digital Library Initiatives, Digital Library Initiatives Department