The OER Mini-Grant Program

Faculty are invited to apply for a mini-grant to (1) redesign courses around existing OER as an alternative to textbooks, and/or (2) revise/remix existing OER to create new OER, such as modules, question banks, multimedia, simulations, lecture slides, etc. Upon completion, the new OER or resources produced will be published and shared with the higher education community.


CLT's OER Mini-Grant program is intended to engage faculty to rethink and redesign their courses with OER, to help to lower the cost of required materials (textbooks, etc.) for students, and to promote dialogue about OER creation and development with colleagues. See the full list of Mini-Grant Goals.


All ODU faculty and adjuncts are eligible to submit an application. Faculty teaching similar, large-enrollment courses, or courses with similar high-cost textbooks, are encouraged to work in teams to develop OER-driven course materials.


Each mini-grant awards a $1500 stipend and the support of a CLT Instructional Designer to assist with OER development and aligning OER with course objectives. The 7 mini-grants will be chosen by a team of faculty and CLT staff.

What are OER?

What are OER?

Open Educational Resources (OER) are "any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation" ( See OER Commons, Open Access Textbooks, OpenStax College, or MERLOT for examples.

Application Instructions

The Call for Applications ended November 4, 2016. The 2017 Mini-Grants have been awarded.

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