Thompson Rivers University – OER Development Grant

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The OER Development Grant (OERDG) program at TRU provides funding and staff support to TRUFA and TRUOLFA members who wish to integrate open educational resources (OER) into their TRU courses. This direct support can be used by faculty to adopt, adapt, create, and/or integrate OER as primary materials within their TRU courses.

The purpose of this initiative is:

  • To support faculty to integrate OER into their courses (through course release or other financial support/incentive)
  • To build capacity at TRU for creating and adapting open textbooks and other OER that are up to date and appropriate for TRU curricula
  • To demonstrate TRU’s commitment to student needs as outlined in TRUSU’s Open Textbook Grants Program proposal.

The University Library in conjunction with the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) and Open Learning are pleased to coordinate the Open Education Resource (OER) Development Grant Program which has been generously funded by a Strategic Initiative Fund (SIF) Grant  for 2019/2020 and 2020/2021.

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The project will is administered by the University Library, the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), and Open Learning.

Successful applicants may receive up to $6,500 to be used for course release or financial incentive to help faculty redesign a TRU course to use OER as their primary course material, and to help them adopt and/or adapt open textbooks and other OER for that purpose. An additional $500 may be available to support travel costs related to dissemination of results of their efforts.

Successful applicants are encouraged to work closely with faculty and staff from the University Library and CELT who will be available to assist recipients in locating, evaluating, and adapting high-quality open resources as an alternative to commercial course materials. Support staff in Open Learning are available to assist with digital formats, text editing, and layout needs.

See TRU Libraries – Open Educational Resources for more information.

For more information on TRU’s OERDG program and to see the list of recipients, visit the Inside TRU blog.

2021 Recipients:


Sally Walters – Faculty of Arts

  • OER for PSYC 2131

Noah Arney, Leanne Mihalicz and Sarah Gibson – Faculty of Student Development

  • Career and Experiential Learning resource

Sharon Brewer and Lindsay Blackstock – Faculty of Science (Chemistry)

  • Supplementary Learning resources – Interactive study questions

Kellee Caton – Faculty of Arts, Culinary and Tourish

  • Translation of Seminal studies and development of global network for sharing.

Bala Nikku, Faculty of Social Work

  • OER for International Social Work

Melanie Reed – School of Business and Economics

  • Labour Relations Curated Course Materials

Yan Yan – Department of Computing Science

  • Integrated Course Materials for Bioinformatics and Biological Data Analysis

William Little – TRU-OL

  • Introduction to Sociology: 3rd Canadian Edition

Christina Cederlof – University and Employment Preparation Department

  • Adapting Open Education Resources (OER) for Use in the Education and Skills Training (ESTR) Program with a Focus on H5P

Renee Anderson and Andrea Sullivan –  School of Nursing 

  • Physical Assessment and Critical Thinking in Nursing H5P Video Series


2020 Recipients:

Tracy Christianson and Kim Morris – School of Nursing

  • Development of OER for Health Care Assistant Programs in British Columbia

Michelle Harrison – TRU-OL

  • Open Pedagogy Publishing Platform

Nicole Schabus – Faculty of Law

  • Open Educational Resource Development for learning related to the TRC Calls to Action

Natasha Ramroop Singh – Faculty of Science

  • Adaptation, Modification and Adoption of a selected OER – for Integration into BIOL 2340 – Introduction to Genetics

Jenna Woodrow – Faculty of Arts

  • OERs for Introduction to Ethics and Elementary Formal Logic

Tory Anchikoski and Eric Villeneuve – University Preparation

  • Approved resource: CHEM 0500
  • Project title: Introduction to Chemistry 1

Nancy Carson – SOBE

  • Approved resource: ECON 3730
  • Project title: Forest Economics

Iza Mazur and Kim Moshenko – University Preparation

  • Approved resource: MATH 0550
  • Project title: Advanced Business Mathematics

Rochelle Stevenson – Sociology

  • Approved resource: SOCI 2720
  • Project title: Introduction to Social Science Research

Biggi Weischedel and Marie Bartlett – Open Learning

  • Approved courses: multiple courses, including marketing, tourism, or hospitality
  • Project title: Indigenous Case Studies in Marketing

2019 Recipients

Dan Thompson – SOBE

  • Approved courses: business finance courses
  • Project title: Textbook replacement in Business Finance courses

Tina Block and John Belshaw – History

  • Project title: BC History Open Textbook Sprint

Jamie Noakes and Shawn Read – Career and Experiental Learning

  • Project title: CELD Textbook

Carol Rees – Education

  • Project title: Steps to Student-Centered Scientific Inquiry

Gloria Ramirez –  Education

  • Project title: OERs for Research Methods in Education Phase II

Steven Earle – Geology

  • Project title: Creating a 2nd edition of Physical Geology

Crystal Huscroft – Geography

  • Project title: A Multi-Institutional Introductory Physical Geography Open Textbook

Hilda Freimuth – TESL

  • Project title: Real Academic Essays: STEM

Christine Miller – University Preparation

  • Project title: Indigenous Peoples in Education: A Stock Photo Collection Project

2018 Recipients

2018 OER Development Grant Recipients From left to right: Renée Anderson (School of Nursing), Mitchell Clingo (representing Shawn Read and Jamie Noakes from the Career and Experiential Learning Department), Shannon Smyrl (Communications and New Media), Christine Miller (University-Employment Preparation) and Bruno Cinel (Department of Chemistry).

Bruno Cinel—Chemistry

  • Approved resources: CHEM 1500 for campus students, CHEM 1503 for Open Learning students
  • Project title: Integrating open educational resources into first year general chemistry: CHEM 1500 and OL

Christine Miller—University Preparation

  • Approved resource: BIOL 0600
  • Project title: Opening Up the Human Body (but not literally): An Open Textbook for ABE Human Biology

Crystal Huscroft—Geography

  • Approved resource: GEOG 1000
  • Project title: Earth System Science Open Textbook

Gloria Ramirez—Education

  • Approved resources: EDUC 5010, EDUC 5011
  • Project title: OERs for Research Methods in Education

Jamie Noakes and Shawn Read—Career and Experiential Learning Department

  • Approved resource: CO-OP 1000
  • Project title: Co-op 1000 and Co-op Work Term Textbook

Renée Anderson—Nursing

  • Approved resources: NURS 2740, NURS 2840
  • Project title: Clinical Procedures for Safer Patient Health Care…adapted for TRU School of Nursing BScN program

Shannon Smyrl—Communications and New Media

  • Approved resources: CMNS 1290 for campus students, CMNS 1291 for Open Learning students
  • Project title: Professional Writing Lessons