Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.

Augusta University is committed to providing affordable aducation to all students. One way the university is doing this is by promoting the design, use, and adoption of affordable and Open Education Resources. A team of three local representatives (the “Champions”) of Affordable Learning Georgia will be happy to answer your questions about open learning materials. 

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Clément Aubert

  • Faculty Champion
  • Assures Promotion and Diffusion
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Melissa Johnson

  • Library Champion
  • Identifies, Evaluates, and Provides Access
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Stacy Kluge

  • Design Champion
  • Designs and Creates Accessible Material

 

Call for Grant Reviewers: Affordable Materials Grants, Rounds 20 and 21

Affordable Learning Georgia (ALG) organizes grant proposal reviewers on a yearly basis.  Reviewers will have a one-year commitment during specified weeks of review with an expected 40 hours total for the year.  Compensation is $400 honorarium per round ($800 total), distributed through your institution's payroll,  through one Service Level Agreement (SLA) with the institution for the year (see the application form for more details).  The time commitment is two grant rounds in FY 2022: 

• Round 20: November 2-16, 2021, approximately 20 hours over the course of two weeks.  

• Round 21: February 15-March 1, 2022, approximately 20 hours over the course of two weeks. Reviewer Application Deadline: Monday, October 4, 2021, 11:59 PM Notifications:

Friday, October 8, 2021 Please note that you cannot apply for a grant (see the reminder below) and be a grant reviewer in the same year.

 

Reminder: Affordable Materials Grants, Rounds 20 and 21

Affordable Learning Georgia is issuing a Request for Proposals for two rounds of Affordable Materials Grants.  To apply for an Affordable Materials Grant, please visit the RFP page for either Round 20 or Round 21.

 

Reminder: January Meeting Canceled

For medical reasons, along with not much changing between our previous December meeting and this one, we’re calling off the meeting set for this Thursday, January 6th.

In the meantime, please share the Round 21 RFP with your colleagues at your institutions!

The deadline is February 14th: https://www.affordablelearninggeorgia.org/about/rfp_r21

Contact Us

Open Education Resources

Summerville Campus

University Hall

U-235

2500 Walton Way

Augusta, GA 30904

706-446-5556

Steps to Adopt Open Learning Materials


Find More Information about Open Learning Materials

The best places to get started are:

 Grant Opportunities   Open Educational Resources   Customizing and Authoring Content

Benefits of Open Learning Materials

Learning materials dubbed “open” are re-usable, redistributable and editable material of all nature (textbook, laboratory handbooks, exams yearbooks, homework, primary source, etc.) that are generally cost-free. Adopting those for a class has multiple benefits.

For Students

 
  • the material is accessible as soon as class starts, or even before
  • the class may qualify to the “No cost” or “Low cost” attributes
  • students can take notes directly in their copy of the material used, by editing it freely

For Instructors

 

If instructors are using existing open learning materials:

  • can edit and tune to fit their needs
  • update and correct if needed

If instructors are developing their own material:

  • can implement students’ feedback as the class unfolds
  • reorganize and adjust the resource to the needs

For Departments & Schools 

 
  • facilitates a uniform delivery of the multiple courses' contents
  • supports a mutualization of the instructor's efforts to improve the material used in class

For Augusta University 

 
  • facilitates the recognition of the quality of the instruction
  • enables external feedback from readers all over the world

For the University System of Georgia 

 
  • densifies the collaboration between institutions
  • attracts federal recognition as e.g. the Exceptional Agency awarded by the State Higher Education Executive Officers on July 17, 2019

Professional Development Opportunities

Once a month, join Affordable Learning Georgia to hear from recent Affordable Materials Grant completers about their affordability projects, the challenges they faced, and the results they saw on implementation. For more information or to join a session, visit Affordable Learning Georgia

Upcoming Sessions

Open Course Design with Accessibility in Mind - Monday, March 1, 2021 12:00pm-12:45pm

Join Jason Rodenbeck, KSU's Assistant Director of Academic Web Accessibility, as he shares his expertise on creating accessible online courses while incorporating Open Educational Resources.

Share and Share Alike: A Guide to Creative Commons Licenses - Tuesday March 2, 2021 12:00pm-12:45pm 

Librarian Nikki Cannon-Rech will be joining us from Georgia Southern University to explain the intricacies of the Creative Commons Licenses and how they connect to the 5 Rs of OER.

The OER Files: Open Education Myths Explained - Wednesday, March 3, 2021 1:30pm-2:15pm 

Think Open Educational Resources are low quality? Think again! Jeff Gallant and Tiffani Reardon from Affordable Learning Georgia will bust common myths surrounding OER. The truth is out there...

Access Granted: An OER Panel Discussion with KSU Faculty - Thursday March 4, 2021 12:00pm-12:45pm 

Faculty hoping to author or adopt Open Educational Resources within their courses should plan to attend this informative panel discussion, in which ALG Textbook Transformation Grant recipients will relay their experiences. Moderated by Dr. Tammy Powell, Director of the CHSS Office of Digital Education.

Green Means Go: Depositing Your Lesson Plan into an Institutional Repository - Friday, March 5, 2021 12:00pm-12:45pm

Co-presenters Elizabeth Thomas and Heather Hankins will provide listeners with steps to creating open lesson plans and sustaining open access by depositing those plans into the DigitalCommons, KSU's institutional repository.