Three faculty members receive OhioLINK Grants to implement Open Educational Resources

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Three Cincinnati State faculty members have been awarded OhioLINK Open Educational Resource (OER) Course Redesign Grants.

The grant recipients are:

  • Milene Donlin, Biology (Anatomy & Physiology)
  • Kelly Hubbard, Early Childhood Education
  • Daniel Zimmer, English as a Second Language

The CState faculty members are part of a cohort of 30 Ohio higher education faculty from 19 institutions who will learn from state experts in Open Educational Resources.

The faculty members will complete a three-week online course and take part in live sessions with peers. Then, each participant will adopt at least one open-licensed or library-licensed resource as a part of a course they teach.

According to the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research resources that are free of cost and other access barriers, and carry legal permission for open use. Generally, this permission is granted by use of an open license, allowing anyone to freely use, adapt, and share the resource.

OhioLINK estimates that changes made to courses by the first cohort of OER Grants, which were awarded in Spring 2022, could save more than 4,000 students as much as $300,000 per year as a result of instructors switching to OER or library materials to teach their classes.

For more information about the cohort of grant recipients that includes Cincinnati State faculty, click to read the OhioLINK news release.