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Open Educational Resources (OER): OER Course Conversion

OER Course Conversion Stipends Available

OER Course Conversion Stipends for Alfred University Faculty

Through legislative action and the State University of New York (SUNY), a major system grant has been secured to support the adoption and expansion of Open Educational Resources (OER). Alfred University qualifies for a share of these funds through the New York State College of Ceramics (NYSCC).

We plan to use a portion of these funds to provide $500 stipends to AU faculty who convert courses to utilize OER materials. We encourage faculty to adopt OER in any way which will support their courses’ learning objectives. Stipends will be awarded for courses in which the majority of materials/resources (>51%) are openly licensed. Other activities involving OER, including developing/adapting resources or adopting OER materials in a quantity below the 51% threshold, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

What are OERs?

Open Educational Resources are defined by SUNY as “teaching, learning, and research materials that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others.” The ability to modify, save, and redistribute materials without needing permission from the rights-holder distinguish openly licensed materials from materials that are free but still subject to copyright restrictions. Free and low-cost options are helpful for reducing students’ financial burdens, but they will not be counted toward achieving the >51% OER benchmark.

Applying for Stipends

The materials below provide more details about this initiative. Faculty who convert multiple courses to OER are eligible to receive multiple stipends and should submit one agreement for each course. There is no deadline to submit agreements, but stipends will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have any questions, or if you would like help finding OER materials, please contact Samantha Dannick, Engineering & Scholarly Communication Librarian, at

Faculty who are considering adopting OER for 2018/2019 courses should contact Brian Sullivan ( and Samantha Dannick ( as soon as possible.