Open Educational Resources at BGSU

Bowling Green State University Libraries offers the following workshop opportunities and incentives for BGSU faculty interested in adopting OER or developing their own open materials:

Open Textbook Workshops

If you're new to OER and want to learn more, register to attend the library's Open Textbook workshop. The workshop will introduce the concept of Open Educational Resources, discuss their use and importance, and show attendees how to search for OERs. 

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OER Stipends and Grants

The library offers additional stipends and grants to BGSU faculty to help support OER adoption and creation. Preference will be given to projects for high-enrolled courses. 


Faculty who'd like to adopt existing OER to replace a high-cost textbook in one of their courses can apply for a $300 adoption stipend. These grants are available on an on-going basis, and will be granted based on availability of funds.

Faculty requirements

  • Identify, or work with the Open Educational Resources Specialist to identify, an OER that can replace a required commercial textbook in one of your courses and commit to using it for at least 2 semesters.

Apply for an OER Adoption stipend


Occasionally, there are no viable OER available in a given discipline. The library offers $3,000 grants to faculty who'd like to create new OER to replace student-purchased materials in their courses. Material created will be used primarily for the benefit of BGSU students but may be shared with a wider audience.

Example projects include writing a traditional textbook, producing a series of videos demonstrating clinical practices, gathering and transcribing oral histories to create a reader, creating a lab workbook.

The deliverable must be an original work, not a collection of previously published material. Grant funds must be used to cover costs associated with creating the work. They will not be awarded for hosting, printing/binding, or other maintenance costs.

Creation grants will be available in the Fall semester each year.

Faculty Requirements

  • Meet with the Open Educational Resources Strategist to review the memorandum of understanding and establish a project timeline.
  • Create an OER during the academic year. Agree to license the new work under a Creative Commons CC BY, CC BY-SA, CC BY-NC, or CC BY-NC-SA license and host a copy on ScholarWorks, BGSU's institutional repository.
  • Commit to using the OER in a course for at least 2 semesters.
  • Complete a brief survey after using the OER in the classroom each semester. Responses will be used to calculate student savings and improve the grant program.
  • Agree to be a reviewer for the next grant cycles' applications

Apply for an OER Creation grant

Grant Deadlines

Application Window:
October 30 - November 27, 2023
Decision Notification:
January 2024

OER Contact

If you have questions about the library's OER program, contact Tim Sandusky, Open Educational Resources Strategist.

Updated: 02/08/2024 08:57AM