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OER Fellowship Overview

Open Educational Resources (OER) Fellowship – June Program

- Applications for the June intensive are now closed - Check back soon for Fall Fellowship program -

The Library seeks applicants for the Open Educational Resources (OER) Fellowship – an accelerated version of our professional development program first instituted in 2015. Full-time and part-time faculty are eligible to apply with their chair’s approval. Faculty who are currently supplementing required course materials with freely available materials, library licensed digital resources, and OER are encouraged to apply.

Participants will curate a zero-cost OER to replace the existing course material in a course taught this Fall 2018. In order to be considered zero-cost OER, the course section you teach must assign freely available resources that can be posted publicly on the OpenLab without violating copyright law. You can assign openly licensed learning materials, and provide links to free materials on the web. Inclusion of library licensed digital resources - which can be shared with students using permalinks without violating copyright - is also recommended.

Program information

This intensive program will dedicate a significant portion of each of the three-day sessions to individual work on OER development in addition to seminar style discussions and activities. Sessions will be led by Cailean Cooney, OER Librarian, and colleagues with expertise in OER and the OpenLab. Individual follow-up consultations are available to Fellows in June as well.

The program will cover:

  • An introduction to open educational resources
  • Interpreting and selecting Creative Commons licenses 
  • Searching and selecting OER and zero-cost course materials
  • Creating an OpenLab site
  • Learning strategies to organize course materials for optimal accessibility


  • Participate in three day program on:
    • Wed. June 6th – 10am to 4pm
    • Mon. June 11th – 10am to 4pm
    • Wed. June 13th – 10am to 4pm
  • Curate OER and post on a public OpenLab site - due June 20, 2018
  • Teach with the OER in at least 1 section of a course in Fall 2018 semester
  • Submit a brief written assessment of the experience in January 2019


Upon completion of all of the above requirements, OER Fellows will receive a stipend of no less than $1,300.


Contact Cailean Cooney, Assistant Professor / OER Librarian at




Before submitting an application, please consult with your department chair about the proposed course you intend to replace the current required course material with zero-cost OER.


Fill out the application here or below by Tues. April 10th. Faculty will be notified of acceptance by April 24th.






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