As colleges and universities across the country seek ways to make education more affordable and increase student success, a growing number of educators are adopting open educational resources (OER). OER The cost of commercial textbooks and other resource packages, which has been rising at an unsustainable rate for decades, demands exploration of alternative publishing models. Teachers, authors, and other stakeholders have responded, resulting in a large corpus of educational materials suitable for courses at a variety of levels in nearly every discipline.
The UTA CARES Grant Program, sponsored by UTA Libraries, was established in 2017 to support educators interested in practicing open education through the adoption of OER and, when no suitable open resource is available, through the creation of new OER or the adoption of library-licensed or other free content. Additionally, the program promotes innovation in teaching and learning through the exploration of open educational practices, such as collaborating with students to produce educational content of value to a wider community.
Funding will be awarded for Innovation Grants, Scale Grants, and Adoptions Stipends on a first-come, first-served basis for eligible projects until allocated funding is depleted. All awards are competitive.
Review of applications is ongoing, and funding is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is depleted.
The submission period for all UTA CARES Grants is temporarily closed while we transition our application form to a new platform. It will reopen in July 2020.
2020 Press Release - UTA Libraries Awards Four Faculty with UTA CARES Funds for OER Adoption and Creation
2019 Press Release - UTA Libraries Awards Five OER Grants
2018 Press Release - UTA Libraries Funds Five Educators to Lower Textbook Costs