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Open Educational Resources: OER Grants

Open educational resources (OER) are any resources available at little or no cost that can be used for teaching, learning, or research.

Grant Announcement

The $500.00 adoption grant and the $250.00 review grant will end August 15, 2019. If you plan on applying for either grant, your paper work must be in before then. If you have questions, or wish to submit paperwork, please email OER@ncc.edu.

New York State Excelsior Money

In 2017/2018 New York State has given SUNY and CUNY 4 million dollars each to encourage faculty to adopt Open Educational Resources. As a SUNY Campus who agreed to begin the adoption of OER, Nassau Community College received $20,000.00 which was placed in an OER grant. 

$500.00 grants available for faculty who adopt OER, according to the following criteria:

  • must adopt/adapt/create OER for their class, and 51% of their course materials must be OER
  • must agree to try and run the course for 3 years
  • must keep statistics
  • course must be running before money can be released
  • must fill out a time card
  • must have a masters in the subject matter that is being developed or previous experience in teaching the subject (a minimum of two semesters)
  • must have 1)attended an OER workshop and/or 2) worked with the NCC Library or SUNY OER Services in identifying and implementing the OER Materials.
  • cannot be a chair of a department
  • cannot be on sabbatical
  • must sign a contract that agrees to the above qualifications

$250 grant available for faculty for the Review/Evaluation of an OER textbook, according to the following criteria:  

  • they must review and evaluate an openly-licensed textbook or other open content as a potential replacement for the traditional textbook currently being used. 
  • they cannot review a previously reviewed textbook, a textbook can be reviewed only once
  • they must contact Rosanne Humes to have the OER textbook or material approved before being reviewed/evaluated.
  • they must send the completed review to Rosanne Humes before they can receive the money
  • they must consent to having their review published on the OER LibGuide
  • they must fill out one time card showing 5 hours of work to be paid at $50.00 per hour (they do not include time/days  they are spending in their classrooms)
  • they must have a masters in the subject matter that is being reviewed/evaluated or previous experience in teaching the subject (a minimum of two semesters)
  • they must have worked with the NCC Library or SUNY OER Services in identifying the OER materials that are being reviewed/evaluated
  • they cannot be a chair of a department
  • they cannot be on sabbatical
  • they must sign a contract that agrees to the above qualifications
  • they will receive a certificate documenting their participation

Grant money is not guaranteed, it is available until the money is spent. 

For more information on the grant, please email OER@ncc.edu.