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Think Open Fellowships

Exploring Open Educational Resources

Think Open Fellowship 

The University of Idaho Library’s Think Open Fellowship is an opportunity to equalize access to educational materials in your classroom and save your students money by supporting the use of low- or no-cost course materials in place of traditional textbooks.

The Think Open Fellowship Grants are intended to:

  1. Lower the cost of college for students and contribute to their retention, progression, and graduation.
  2. Pilot different approaches in University of Idaho courses for textbook transformation including adopting and adapting existing resources, creating Open Educational Resources (OER), and identifying materials already available from the UI Library.
  3. Provide support to faculty to implement these approaches.

This fellowship awards $1,000-$2,000 to selected faculty, and fellows would be expected to:

  • Commit to using an open textbook or affordable alternative (total cost less than $50) for a course in fall 2017 (faculty teaching high enrollment courses, dual-enrollment courses, and Idaho Gem courses are especially encouraged to apply)
  • Participate in educational workshops to build skills and competency around open educational resources and affordable alternatives
  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with peers
  • Fellows who complete the program will have the opportunity to serve as mentors for the following year’s fellows

*Faculty teaching high enrollment courses, dual-enrollment courses, and Idaho Gem courses are especially encouraged to apply.

THINK OPEN 2018: Call for Participation

THINK OPEN FELLOWSHIPS

Sponsored by the University of Idaho Library

Call for Applications:

The University of Idaho Library is now accepting applications for the 2018 Think Open Fellowship. These fellowships are designed to support faculty in adopting Open Educational Resources (OERs) in the courses they teach.

There are two types of fellowships available for faculty and one available for graduate students:

1. First Year Fellows ($1250) - awarded to faculty who will use Open Educational Resources in their classes.

  • 4 First Year Fellowships Available.

2. Continuing Fellowships ($1000) -- awarded to previous Think Open fellows to expand their work with open educational resources.

  • 1 Continuing Fellowship available.

3. Graduate Student Fellowships ($15/hr) -- The graduate student fellowship funds hourly employment at the library.

  • 1-2 Graduate Student Fellowships available during summer/fall semesters.

The Think Open fellowship is intended to reduce barriers to student success by supporting the use of low‐or no‐cost course materials in place of traditional textbooks. The program’s goal is to improve student success by adopting, creating, and using open educational resources at the University of Idaho. The 2017 Fellows are estimated to have saved students more than $50,000 in textbook costs.
 

Faculty Fellows are expected to:

  • Commit to using an open textbook or affordable alternative (total costs less than $50) for a course in fall 2018 or spring 2019 (preference given to high enrollment and general education courses).
  • Work collaboratively with other fellows, mentors, and fellowship director(s) on best practices, policy recommendations, advocacy, and research.
  • Collect feedback from students in OER-based courses about the course materials required, their academic performance, and other metrics as agreed upon by the fellowship mentors and director.

Graduate Fellows are expected to:

  • Assist with the development of courses and materials
  • Work with project directors to add value to courses and the fellowships
  • Perform other necessary duties to support the program

Fellowship applications are due March 15, 2018.

You can apply via this short application form: 2018 Think Open Fellowship Applications

For more information about the Think Open program visit our website: https://open.lib.uidaho.edu/