Application Process & Form

The application for OER faculty grants for 2021-2022 is closed; however, The Office of the Provost, Steering Committee, and Faculty Advisory Council invite applications for a second round of funding for projects that support the adoption, adaptation, and creation of OER at MTSU. Please note that we are only awarding Medium-Scale Conversions and Large-Scale Transformations for the second funding round.

Application Process

If you're interested in adopting, adapting, or creating OER for a course or set of courses at MTSU, please complete a grant application by COB November 1, 2021.  Since the process requires a complete application from your team, including a letter of support from your department chair, be sure to start your application early.

Graduate students, adjuncts, and lecturers may be included on teams applying for these awards.  Team leaders should be full-time faculty members at MTSU; tenured, tenure-track, and FTTs are eligible to lead a grant proposal team.

Grant applications will undergo a blind review by the Steering Committee and the OER Faculty Advisory Council. The only identifiable application information will be the letter of support provided by the Department Chair. Members of the OER Steering Committee and Faculty Advisory Council who submit applications will recuse themselves from deliberations. All grant applications will be assessed using the OER Faculty Grant Rubric. 

The name and photo associated with your Google account will be recorded when you upload files and submit an application form.

Grant Timeline

Below is the timeline for OER grant submission, review, awards, implementation, and reporting:

  • Applications Open: October 4, 2021 - November 1, 2021
  • Application Due: November 1, 2021
  • Review Period: November 1, 2021 - November 15, 2021
  • Notifications and HR Paperwork: November 15, 2021 - November 19, 2021
  • Planning Meeting: Week of November 15 based on a poll
  • Work Period: November 15, 2021 - February 15, 2022
  • Reporting and Publication: February 15, 2022 - February 28, 2022
  • Final report data due in March 2022

Minimum Grant Requirements

A Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) grant awarded to MTSU in late 2020 provides funding for three levels of awards. Upon completion of the grant process, faculty grantees will:

  • Adopt, adapt, or create OER materials that meet ADA requirements for accessibility and be available for print on demand. Not all OER materials must be electronic, they should all be fully accessible including alt text for images, appropriate document design for screen readers, and the like. Learn more about accessibility here. For questions about creating accessible OER and documents, email: Kim Godwin.
  • Ensure all OER are licensed under Creative Commons and accessible to the public by permanently posting them on a public repository, JEWL Scholar, or creating a perpetual link to the materials posted on the University’s server if a suitable public repository is not identified. For more information about creating publicly accessible OER, email: Suzanne Mangrum.
  • Report on their adaptation, adoption, or creation of OER to the Steering Committee through written reflections and pre/post surveys. Grant reporting will also include course completion rates and course grades. For more information on data and reporting, email: Erica Stone.
  • Present their results at university-wide OER events hosted by the LT&ITC and Quest 2025. For more information on presentations, email: Cheryl Torsney.

Application Form

No matter your experience level with OER, we'd love to see an application from you! If you're interested in adopting, adapting, or creating OER for a course or set of courses at MTSU, please complete a grant application by November 1, 2021. A complete application includes a letter of support from your Department Chair, so be sure to get started on your grant application early. Questions about the application form or evaluation process? Email: Erica Stone

Application Form

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