OER Development Program: Grants




Application & Forms
Past Grant Projects


**2022 Applications closed on April 29, 2022**

As a result of the Student Union’s advocacy efforts and support from the PEI Provincial Government, an Open Educational Resource (OER) Development Program provides funds for the creation, adaptation, adoption, and review of open education resources through 4 types of grants:

  • Open Textbook Grant: up to $6000
    • This grant supports the development of a new open textbook on a topic that is currently not covered by an existing open textbook.
  • Open Textbook Adaptation Grant: up to $4,000
    • This grant supports the adaptation of one or more open textbooks to create a new version or edition of an open textbook. This may include, but is not limited to, using chapters from multiple open texts to create a new open textbook, or creating a Canadian edition of an existing open textbook.
  • Supplementary Resources Grant: up to $2,000
    • This grant supports the creation of ancillary materials for existing open textbooks, including, but not limited to test banks, slide decks, or interactive media, etc. for an open textbook or other open education resource.


Appplication & Forms

The 2022 funding period will prioritize applicaitons that support first year courses as they impact the highest number of students, but all applications will be reviewed and considered. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 25, 2022, with work expected to begin during Spring or Summer. 


  • Anyone providing instruction in a credit bearing course at UPEI may apply.
    • Team members may be from multiple institutions, but at least one team member must be a UPEI instructor at any level. 
  • Applicants may apply as an individual or jointly as a course team.
  • Applicants who are not tenured or on probationary contracts are eligible as sole applicants for grants that are proposed for completion during their current period of employment, and are eligible to be part of team grants where at least one member of the team holds a contract that at least meets the duration of the project.


  • Agreement to release the final product, including source materials, with a Creative Commons license (CC-BY would be preferred which lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation).
  • A commitment to use of the product in a credit-bearing course to be offered at UPEI.
  • Follow best practices for accessibility of content by a diverse student population.
  • Submit a final report after completion of the grant (form provided above).

Selection Process

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • The extent to which applicants include curation and customization of open textbooks that will be freely and openly shared throughout and beyond UPEI;
  • Their potential impact on student experience in the form of high-quality materials, maximum access, open and innovative pedagogy, and cost savings to students;
  • Projects that impact the most students, either with larger class size or multiple sections. The intent of the program is to distribute funds to maximize direct benefit to a wide range of student learners and inquiry across a diversity of disciplines;
  • The inclusion of plans to re-use open educational resources in courses in subsequent semesters;
  • Description of how you will measure success (e.g. improved access to curriculum, new partnerships, number of adoptions, estimate of money saved by students as a result, etc.);
  • Development of a coherent project plan and timeline; and
  • Accessible in the Library’s Pressbook site or on another open platform. 

Past Grant Recipients and Projects

Some open textbooks are available on UPEI's Pressbooks platform. They can be viewed at https://pressbooks.library.upei.ca/catalog/.


  • 2020 Grant Recipients and Projects

    Recepients Grant Type Project Description  Status Course Average Enrolment per Semester

    Dr. Bill Montelpare, Dr. Emily Read, Dr. Krista Ritchie, Dr. Teri McComber & Dr. Alyson Mahar

    Create a new OER, $2900 Applied Statistics in Healthcare Research
    Subtitle:Theoretical concepts and computational methods using SAS applications and the Webulators

    NURS 6360

    25 Students
    Dr. Andrew Godbout Create new OER, $3500 Competitive Programming: Start to Finish In Progress CS1920
    CS 2910
    CS 2920
    120 Students
    Dr. Dave Hickey

    Create new OER, $3500

    Create/Adapt Supplement/Ancillary Resource, $1000

    The Smartphone Storyteller: An Undergraduate's Guide to Digital Narrative

    The Design of Not-So Everyday Ideas: InDesign Templates for Research Posters

    In Progress

    In Progress

    ACLC 1080

    ACLC 4000

    35 Stuents

    24 Students

    Dr. Dave Hickey & Dr. Richard Lemm
    Create new OER, $3500 Cold Openers: Warm Up Exercises for the the Creative Writing Classroom In Progress In Progress 15 Students
    Dr. Joshua MacFadyen,  Dr. Jim Clifford, & Dr. Lisa Chilton Create new OER, $3500 Practical Geospatial Methods for Historians In Progress ACLC 2090 25 Students
    Dr. Matthew Pauley

    Adapt an OER, $1000

    Adapt an OER, $1000

    Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability: Canada

    Business Startup and Entrepreneurship: Canada



    BUS 3545 

    BUS 3710

    25 Students

    280 Students

    Dr. Christopher Power & Dr. Andrew Godbout Create/Adapt Supplement/Ancillary Resource, $1000 Lab Book Completed CS 1910
    CS 1920
    380 Students
    Dr. Lisa Steele, Dr. Derek Lawther & Dr. Bill Whelan Create/Adapt Supplement/Ancillary Resource, $1000 online downloadable flashcards (slide decks) based on a physics open textbook. Completed Physics 1110/1120
    Physics 1210/1220
    250 Students
    Dr. Libby Osgood Adapt an OER, $1000 Engineering Mechanics: Statics Completed ENGN 1230 75 Students
  • 2022 Grant Recipients and Projects

    Recepients Grant Type Project Description  Status Course Average Enrolment per Semester
    Terrie Hardwick


    Open Textbook Grant Online Histology Resource for Bio 2260 Labs In Progress

    BIO 2260 / BIO 1210

    250 Students
    Dr. Christian Lacroix & Ms. Heathyr Francis Open Textbook Grant Botany Lab Manual In Progress BIO 2020 96 Students

    Dr. Stacey MacKinnon

    Dr. Beth Archer-Kuhn
    Dr. Brenton Dickieson
    Dr. Phoenix Horrocks
    Dr. Carla Digiorgio

    Open Textbook Grant Inquiry-Based Learning Handbook In Progress UPEI 1020 / PSYC 2420 / PSYC 1010  PSYC 1020 565 Students
    Dr. Libby Osgood Create/Adapt Supplement Resource Enhancement of Engineering Mechanics: Statics In Progress FSDE 1230 80 Students
    Dr. Marina Silva-Opps

    Open Textbook Adaptation Grant

    Ecology Open Textbook

    In Progress

    BIO 2220 / BIO 4520

    142 Students

    Dr. Joel Ross & Ms. Heathyr Francis Open Textbook Adaptation Grant Manual for generating figures, tables, and basic
    statistics for communicating biological research
    In Progress BIO 3310 100 Students
    Dr. Bill Whelan & Dr. Lisa Steele Open Textbook Adaptation Grant Open textbook for Physics courses In Progress Physics 1110 / 1120 250 Students