BCIT Open Education Grants
BCIT’s Open Education Working Group is thrilled to announce that BCIT is the recipient of a 2020 Open Education Sustainability Grant for Institutions from BCcampus.
The grant consists of $32,250 from BCcampus with matching funds from BCIT to support the following initiatives:
BCIT Faculty Champion/Open Fellow Grant
This grant recipient will:
- expand open education advocacy with faculty and students
- liaise with the BCIT Student Association
- organize/participate in events and workshops
- conduct a small research project or survey focused on BCIT faculty or students and the use of OER.
Find more information and the application form at https://open.bcit.ca/proposals
Closes November 3, 2019 for a January 2020 start.
BCIT Open Education Grant Program:
Continue the Open Education Grant Program. BCIT is in its fourth year of offering small open education grants (up to $5K) to faculty to develop open education resources (OER) or to redesign courses to incorporate open educational practices and open course materials. To date, 24 grants have been awarded.
Call for proposals for the next round of grants will go out early January 2020.
Trades Online Content Conversion:
Some time ago, BCcampus helped fund the creation of Tools for the Trades, an online learning resource created with Adobe Flash.
The grant will help with the conversion of this resource into a sustainable and accessible format.
Open Publishing Program:
Establish an Open Publishing Program which will offer a variety of levels of support for faculty including the following:
- convert instructor learning material already in digital format to PressBooks (if the format allows conversion)
- support instructors who wish to work in PressBooks themselves – workshops and 1-1 support
The BCIT Open Education Working Group thanks James Rout, AVP Education Support and Innovation, for his ongoing support of and advocacy for open education initiatives at BCIT.
To find out more about Open Education at BCIT, visit open.bcit.ca
BCIT Open Education Faculty Champion/Fellow Grant
The BCIT Open Education Working Group is inviting BCIT Instructors to apply for a BCIT Open Education Faculty Champion/Faculty Fellow Grant in the amount of $15,000. The Faculty Champion/Fellow will collaborate with and be supported by the BCIT Open Education Working Group.
The successful grant recipient will be committed to generating awareness about and increasing the use of OER and Open Pedagogy (OP) at BCIT. They will work with students and faculty to transform the student learning experience at BCIT through the widespread use of OER and OP and will be eager to share their expertise with colleagues and students across the institution.
This grant must be used to include, but is not limited to, the following activities:
• expand open education advocacy with faculty and students
• liaise with the BCIT Student Association and other student groups
• organize/participate in events and workshops
• conduct a small research project or survey focused on BCIT faculty or students and the use of OER/OEP (results to be presented to the Institute and openly published)
The recipient is expected to dedicate a minimum of 240 hours to grant-related activities. The grant time frame is between January 2020 and March 2021 but does not have to be spread over that entire time.
Please include a letter of support from your manager with your application if you intend to use the funding for release time or engage in this work in a way that will impact your regular duties. Also, please don’t forget to include in the application an outline of your experience in Open Education to date.
Submit your application to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Sunday, November 3, 2019.
This opportunity is funded by an Open Education Sustainability Grant for Institutions from BCcampus with matching funds from BCIT.
Questions? Contact Lin Brander (email@example.com)