Open Education Resources

Open Education Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials made freely available online. They can be used and adapted at little or no cost.

Unlike resources under strict copyright terms, OER have been authored or created by an individual or organization that chooses to retain few, if any, ownership rights. This is most often done by licensing works using a Creative Commons License, which allow a creator to clearly communicate how others can use their work.

Learn more:
Visit the Library’s OER guide

Contact Alison Foster, Instructional Design Librarian | 780-497-5251

Open Textbook Fellowship Grant Program 2019

Deadline to apply: April 1, 2019

The Open Textbook Fellowship pilot program aims to:

  • Innovate teaching practice.
  • Champion awareness and increased use of OER on campus.
  • Enrich student experience, while also recognizing that open textbooks can greatly reduce financial barriers to education and learning.

With support from the University Library, the Office of the Provost, and the Office of Teaching and Learning Services, this program supports instructors in the creation or adaptation of open textbooks for use in MacEwan courses, including the creation or adaptation of complementary ancillary materials for use with existing open textbooks, such as test banks, instructor manuals, and multimedia materials. It will also serve as a proof-of-concept to inform what additional resources may be needed to sustain a book hosting service at MacEwan University that could support both the production of new works and future editions.

The fellowship program is a 20-month facilitated process. Individual and collaborative applications will be considered, with awards of up to $5000 per project. 5 individual or collaborative fellowships will be awarded in 2019.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Tenured, tenure-track, or sessional extended MacEwan faculty members are eligible to apply as lead applicants. Sessional members are encouraged to apply as collaborators with lead applicants.
  • Prior to applying, lead applicants are expected to attend one of two information sessions held on the following dates:
    • Wednesday, March 6th, 2pm-3pm, 7-266A
    • Thursday, March 7th, 11am-12pm, 7-266A
      *Interested applicants who are unable to attend a session may contact librarian Alison Foster ( prior to March 15 to arrange a time to review application criteria.
  • Successful applicants will have the opportunity to attend two 1-day on-site residencies, in June 2019 and November 2020, as well as one check-in meeting each term.
  • Materials adapted or created are to be utilized in a least one course taught by the fellow(s) and made available under a Creative Commons license.

Fellowship Timelines

March 2019 Information sessions March 6 & 7 (see above)
April 1, 2019 Application deadline
April 30, 2019 Fellowship recipients notified
June 2019 On-site residency: Approaches to Creating & Adapting Open Textbooks or Ancillary Materials
September 2019 - December 2020 One check-in meeting each term
November 2020 On-site residency: Sharing, Dissemination & Championing OER
January 2021 Projects completed and shared online
February 2021 Open Textbook Fellows Project Showcase Event