Supported through the Academic Technology Committee, the Office of the Provost, and the William H. Hannon Library, the LMU Open & Affordable Textbook Initiative (OATI) grant:
The OATI grants are designed to facilitate departmental or program level change in the area of open and affordable course materials and open pedagogy. To meet the requirements of this grant, two or more faculty will commit to collaboratively identifying and creating open educational resources that will significantly reduce or eliminate the cost to students and/or integrate innovative open pedagogy into the course(s). For 2022, the OATI grants will recognize faculty projects with awards of $5,000, to be split between co-applicants.
The application deadline for the 2022-2023 OATI grant is 5pm on February 25, 2022.
The OATI Grant is available to full-time, part-time, tenured, or tenure track faculty. Grants are ordinarily made only once for the development of a particular project. Revision of a funded grant is not appropriate for funding under this program. If the Academic Technology Grant is part of a larger project or is connected to a separate grant, the applicant must make this explicit in the application.
Faculty can apply:
Eligible courses include:
The following material types are ineligible for grant funding:
The following criteria will be used in determining awards:
Grant applicants shall adhere to the following requirements:
Grants of $5,000 will be awarded in the form of a stipend and/or applied toward the cost of hardware or software to support the proposed project.
Open Educational Resources (OER)
Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.
Library or other University-licensed Resources
The term "library or other university-licensed resources" refers to any digital content that the William H. Hannon Library or another unit at LMU (for example, ITS or an individual academic department) purchases or subscribes to, such as e-books, LinkedIn Learning, or MATLAB that are freely accessible for current LMU students. All eligible resources must also be licensed and accessible by multiple simultaneous users. Grant applications that propose the use of library or other university licensed resources will save students money by making use of materials in which the university has already invested. While licensed materials are free for the end-user, they are not open. Moreover, because each resource has its own license and terms of access established by the copyright holder, not every licensed resource will be suitable for course adoption. Librarians can help faculty determine what is permissible.
Freely Available Resources
Many materials available on the internet for free (e.g., TedX, YouTube, museum resources, etc.) are not open by definition due to copyright or other restrictions. But so long as they are free and accessible for students, they are eligible alternatives to commercial products for the purposes of this grant.
Materials available for students for less than $40 total per course, per semester. Although priority will go to applicants that completely eliminate textbook fees, applications that commit to reducing the textbook cost for students but still have minimal costs incurred for essential materials may still be eligible for funding. (Note: low-cost materials must also be readily accessible. If a book is inexpensive but out-of-print, this can still present a significant barrier to students who are required to read it.)