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Grants awarded for nine Open Ed resources projects

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November 30, 2023 — 

UM Open Educational Resources (OER) grants have been awarded to nine OER projects, representing six faculties. Up to $10,000 per project is provided to support content creation of OER. New open resources will be available to the UM community and general public in the coming year.

UM OER grant recipients

The nine OER projects are supported by the UM Libraries Advance Open Ed 2023-24 fund through the UM OER grant. An OER Lab was established to provide editorial and project management assistance, as well as help with publication and distribution for the projects.

OERs are teaching materials that have an open license that allows them to be used, adapted, and shared by instructors and students at no cost. The successful OER grant proposals from UM faculty and instructors include:

Enhancing Learning through Educational Videos
Project lead: Jackie Elliott (Athletic Therapy)

Endoscopy Curriculum
Project lead: Eric Hyun (Surgery)

Curriculum for Teaching Breastfeeding and Lactation Medicine
Katherine Kearns (Family Medicine), Meghan Azad (Pediatrics and Child Health), Joanne Hamilton (Family Medicine), and Christina Raimondi (Family Medicine)

EmFATically Inclusive: Identifying and Redressing Anti-Fat Stigma in Medical Education
Deborah McPhail (Community Health Sciences), Joanne Hamilton (Office of Innovation and Scholarship in Medical Education), Chelsea Jalloh (Office of Innovation and Scholarship in Medical Education), and Valerie Williams (Office of Equity, Access and Participation)

Teaching with Images: An AI Resource for Understanding Urban Animals
Project lead: Mark Meagher (Environmental Design)

Adapting an Open Textbook for First-Year Non-Major Microbiology Course
Project lead: Madison Wright (Microbiology)

Telling the Stories of Indigenous Business Leaders in Canada
Project lead: Katherine Davis (Asper School of Business)

Management: Financial, Social, and Ecological Well-Being
Project lead: Bruno Dyck (Asper School of Business)

Linguistics Textbook (participation in Rebus Textbook Success Program)
Project lead: Julie Doner (Linguistics)

Applications are still being accepted

We continue to accept proposals for UM OER grants, and applications will remain open while funds are available. Apply for UM OER grant and reviewing an open textbook now.

Funding and educational opportunities

UM Libraries received the Advance Open Ed 2023–2024 fund to enhance the use of OERs and advance the principles of open access. In addition to the UM OER grant, the fund supports open publishing projects, peer review of existing OERs, and educational opportunities for students and faculty, including a speaker series and support for participation in open education conferences.

UM OER speaker series session one was presented by Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani, Vice Provost Teaching & Learning, Brock University. Watch the video “From access to justice: Realizing the transformative potential of open educational practices”.

Explore Open@UM to learn more about open access and open scholarship at UM.


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