Open Education Resource Development Program


Deadline for Submission: March 6, 2020

OER Development Grant Application Form [Google Form]

Honorarium for the Peer Review of an Open Textbook Application Form [Google Form]


Grant Information drop-in sessions in the Faculty Lounge, SDMB 201: 

  • Wed 19 Feb 2020 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Thu 20 Feb 2020 9:00 am - 9:30 am
  • Mon 24 Feb 2020 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Wed 26 Feb 2020 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Pressbooks Workshop: Learn about the Library's free open textbook authoring platform in this hands on session. Tuesday, February 18, 2020 10:00 am - 11:00 am, Robertson Library Rm 265

For questions, please contact Kim Mears, Health Sciences & Scholarly Communcations Librarian. Contact information is available at


Textbook and other learning resource costs can contribute significantly to student debt. A proven method for mitigating and reducing barriers to learning and reducing costs for students is the use of open textbooks and other types of open education resources. One of the UPEI Student Union’s Policy Priorities for 2018/2019 was an Open Textbook Pilot Project with the purpose of reducing the cost of accessing educational resources.

As a result of the Student Union’s advocacy efforts, through a strategic investment in student learning and success by the Provincial Government, an Open Education Resource Development Program at UPEI has been created. This partnership with the Student Union, University, and Province provides funds for the creation, adaptation, adoption, and review of open education resources (OERs).

The funding program will run through 2020 and will be administered by the Robertson Library, and provides a variety of funding opportunities including:

  • Open Textbook Grant: up to $3,500 each
    • 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 $1,000 each
    • 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 $1,000 each
    • 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.
  • Honoraria for Open Textbook Peer Reviews: $250 each
    • This grant provides honorarium to individuals completing a formal peer review of an existing open textbook. 

Application Process


  • Anyone providing instruction in a credit bearing course may apply for the available grants.
  • 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.
  • Be implemented in the course specified in this application.
  • Submit a final report after completion of the grant (form provided above).

Review and 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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find open textbooks to adapt?

There are many OER repositories to review. Here are few resources to review:

Where I can open textbooks to review?

In addition to search the collections above, some organizations release a call for reviews. This list will be updated will recent calls for peer review. The Rebus community also maintins a forum where you can find calls for specific books at

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