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Northwestern University

Evanston, IL, United States
Official Website @NorthwesternU

Type: Private 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 21,554

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OER Webpage
OER LibGuide


Northwestern University Libraries partners with the Office of the Provost and Northwestern Information Technology on the univerity's Affordable Instructional Resources (AIR) initiative. This initiative is focused on supporting faculty in reducing the costs of their courses through the use of library services, OER, and related university programs. AIR's flagship program is the OER Faculty Grants opportunity. In addition to OER grants, we offer a suite of services to assist faculty in finding, developing, and teaching with OER.

Campus Details

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Mechanisms to Support OER Included in the Following:

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OER Programs

OER Grants Program

The Affordable Instructional Resources (AIR) initiative invites faculty to apply for grant funding to develop Open Educational Resources (OER) for undergraduate courses. OER are teaching materials that are free, distributed online, and allow anyone to copy, use, adapt, and remix the materials for free. OER are commonly used as alternatives to expensive textbooks by providing students with high quality course readings at no cost. Funded by the Office of the Provost and the Libraries, these grants are intended to fund the work involved in finding, creating, using, and sharing OER as replacements for required commercial textbooks. No experience with OER is necessary to apply.

Program Type:

Duration: 05/2017 - Present

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Scope: Affordable course content, including cost-free course content and OER

Primary OER Strategy: OER Adoption

Secondary OER Strategies: OER Adaptation, OER Awareness, OER Pedagogy, OER Publication

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Funding from Library Departments:

Total Program Funding to Date: $ 55,000

Total Student Savings to Date: $ 345,000

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: $ 55,000

Total number of incentive grants awarded to date: 12

Typical amount of each grant: $ 5,000

OER Resources

Adopt an Open Textbook

A how-to guide on finding and adopting open textbooks for Northwestern University undergraduate courses.

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Point of Contact

Chris Diaz
Digital Publishing Librarian