University of Alberta OER Awards

2018 and 2019 UA OER Awards Projects

The University of Alberta OER (Open Educational Resources) Awards are funded by an endowment fund through the Provost's Office and from the University of Alberta Libraries. $75,000 has been allocated for the 2018/19 and 2019/20 academic years to support the use of OER to benefit teaching and learning through increasing access and discoverability of learning resources and contributing to student cost savings.

More information on open education and OER can be found here.

Awards will go toward funding:

Student support - supervised by the project lead/awardee. Hired, trained, and coached throughout the project by CTL. Responsibilities tend to include curation of potential OER based on the courses’ key understandings, helping instructors customize OER, and co-creating OER-enabled classroom activities.

Hosting and Facilitation costs to engage students, community, and/or public partners in the extension and enrichment of existing open educational resources.

University of Alberta OER Awards will support faculty in the use of open educational resources (OER) in their course delivery. The awards will give faculty support and structure in the selection, integration, and use of open educational resources through collaboration and/or consultation with units such as the Centre for Teaching and Learning, University Libraries, and the Copyright Office.

Applications are invited from University educators including sessional instructors, faculty lecturers, tenured faculty, librarians, and other members of the academic staff who offer teaching and learning sessions for students. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are assigned formal teaching responsibilities also may apply.

University of Alberta OER Awards aims to:

  • Explore new and collaborative teaching opportunities through the use of open educational resources.
  • Increase access to educational resources for students, faculty, and the community through open licensing.
  • Reduce cost of textbook and course materials through open educational resources. 

OER Awards will support instructors to: 

  • Adopt, modify, and/or create openly licensed course materials
  • Pilot OER-enabled classroom activities and assignments (e.g. renewable assignments)
  • Engage students, community, and/or public partners to enhance the value of OER
  • Evaluate and share the outcomes of OER Award projects

Applicants do not need experience working with open educational resources. Awarded projects will include collaboration with CTL and Libraries.

Additional questions about the awards program or requests for consultation are welcome. Please contact the OER team at