Getting Started with Open Educational Resources (OER)

Have you been thinking about open educational resources (OER) for one of your courses but don’t know where to begin? You may want to consider taking part in a DePaul University Diversity and Inclusion Initiative Grant (DIIG) that was awarded to Dr. Austin Lim in Neuroscience this past fall. Concerned about affordability challenges for students, Austin applied for this grant to increase awareness, understanding and adoption of OER at DePaul University.

To lay the groundwork for creating awareness and understanding, Austin recruited Abbey Elder to present a workshop to DePaul faculty in November 2021. Abbey is an OER expert from Iowa State University and her workshop can be viewed at the password protected video linked at the bottom of this post. Also linked below is the open book Abbey authored about the fundamentals of using and creating OER.

To increase adoption of OER, the DIIG grant also provides an honorarium of $150 to faculty who participate in a successful review of an updated syllabus that redesigns a course around the replacement of a traditional print text with OERs. The application for this is also available at the bottom of the post as a Word document. After completing the OER Adoption Application, email it to Dr. Austin Lim at The deadline for submission of applications is March 25, 2022.

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