October 4, 2016

Open Education Initiative Faculty Grants (2016-17)

The Virginia Tech Libraries are pleased to announce a new faculty incentive program – Open Education Initiative Faculty Grants – to encourage the use of existing and creation of new information resources to support our students’ learning. This effort supports faculty who are interested in pursuing non-traditional open education resources and new forms of digital scholarship as alternatives to traditional textbooks and homework software access codes. This effort also supports faculty who are interested in further sharing their original works as open educational resources as part of the university’s land grant mission.

Virginia Tech faculty are invited to apply to a competitive grant process that will award up to $3,000 to up to five teaching faculty who submit successful proposals outlining efforts to adopt a new curricular resource strategy.

Additional literature on open educational resources and example projects are available at: http://guides.lib.vt.edu/oer

For complete information on the Open Education Initiative Grants, please download the Grants Information document.

Application Process

Elements of a complete proposal packet include the following FOUR items:

  1. Online application (includes project narrative)
  2. Signed letter of agreement
  3. Current Syllabus
  4. Governance-approved syllabus and coversheet (available from: gkinder@vt.edu)
  5. (optional) Sample of materials already created on which you plan to build your project

Before applying, we recommend that you first download and review items 1, 2 and the Grants Information document.

After completing the online form, please attach and send the remaining three (or four) documents to: arwalz@vt.edu with the subject line: OEI Faculty Grant Application

The deadline for 2016-17 proposal submission has been extended to December 1, 2016

Awards are anticipated to be announced within two weeks after application deadline. Projects are expected to be completed no later than May 1, 2017.

Questions and comments? Please contact Anita Walz arwalz@vt.edu or 540-231-2204