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Open Education

University of South Carolina-Columbia

Columbia, SC, United States
Official Website @UofSC

Type: Public 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 32,971

  SPARC Member  

OER Webpage
OER LibGuide


The University of South Carolina Columbia, a large publicly-funded research institution founded in 1801, is the flagship campus of the University of South Carolina. USC is one of 32 public universities to earn the Carnegie Foundation's top-tier designations in research activity and community engagement. It currently offers the number one undergraduate international business major, international MBA, PhD program in exercise science, and honors college.

The University of South Carolina, led by the University Libraries, is involved in promoting awareness of open and affordable learning options to faculty and administration. These efforts include regular workshops, presentations to departmental and campus-wide meetings, and the integration of affordable, open, and library-licensed materials into library services. USC also offers an annual grant program, SCoer!, awarding faculty members with a monetary reward and library assistance to transform a class taught with traditional course materials into a zero cost course.

Campus Details

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OER Programs

Professors for Student Affordability

This program recognizes faculty using open educational resources and other freely available course materials. Professors can be self-nominated or nominated by students to receive the Professor for Student Affordability Student Government Distinction.

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Duration: 07/2017 - Present

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Scope: Cost-free course content, including OER

Primary OER Strategy: OER Awareness

Secondary OER Strategies: OER Adoption, OER Curation, OER Adaptation

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SCoer! Faculty Grants

SCoer! Faculty Grants are available to faculty interested in saving students money and revitalizing course materials. Four annual grants are provided. Winners receive $500 and work closely with a librarian to identify and select openly available or library licensed resources. These resources are used to produce a syllabus to be implemented within one year.

Winners are selected by members of the University Libraries Scholarly Communication Team and Student Government.

Since 2015, winners of the SCoer! Faculty Award have saved students over $150,000 in textbook costs and have experienced the freeing effects of regaining control over their course materials.

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Duration: 05/2018 - 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 Awareness, OER Pedagogy, OER Adaptation

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Total Program Funding to Date: $ 4,600

Total Student Savings to Date: $ 150,000

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

Total amount of incentive grants awarded to date: $ 4,600

Total number of incentive grants awarded to date: 12

Typical amount of each grant: $ 500

Point of Contact

Amie Freeman
Assistant Interlibrary Loan Librarian, University Libraries