Posted 09/29/2020  |  Back

As part of the Davis Foundation Presidential grant, the Open and Affordable Education Committee is excited to announce two open education initiatives available to faculty.

Open Education Community of Practice 

This Community of Practice will explore issues of open pedagogy, open educational resources, and open licensing. 

  • The CoP can accept up to 20 people. 
  • Participants will receive a $200 stipend for participating. 
  • Participants are expected to participate in 3 monthly online discussions around a selected reading in Fall 2020, and a 2 hour workshop in January 2021.
  • ELIGIBILITY: All full-time faculty and part-time faculty unit members are eligible to apply.
  • Membership will be decided in the order that the applications are received. 

If you are interested in particpating in the Open Education Community of Practice please complete the application form by Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Open Education Resources Creation Grants 

  • Up to three (3) $2000 grants to encourage faculty at Fitchburg State to create original course material (textbook, ancillary materials)  for a class they teach and license it under a Creative Commons license. 
  • Grants will also be awarded for replacing commercial textbooks with original course content or creating ancillary materials (labs, quizzes, slides, homework platforms) for existing OER textbooks. Newly created materials should fill a gap in existing Open Educational materials. 
  • Please note that previously created course content is not eligible for this grant. 
  • ELIGIBILITY: All full-time faculty who will teach a course between July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 are eligible to apply. 

OER Creation Grant Applications are due by Friday, October 30, 2020. More details are available in the online application form at 

Questions? Contact Connie Strittmatter at  or Jackie Kremer at