Think Open Fellowship Program

The University of Idaho Library’s Think Open Fellowship is an opportunity to equalize access to educational materials in your classroom and save your students money by supporting the use of low or no-cost course materials in place of traditional costsly course materials.

Think Open Fellowships also allow faculty and graduate students to identify and create openly licensed materials that increase quality representation and inclusion of people from diverse experiences and backgrounds.

Think Open Fellowship Awards are intended to:

  1. Lower the cost of college attendance for students and contribute to their retention, progression, and graduation.
  2. Pilot different approaches in University of Idaho courses for textbook transformation including adopting and adapting existing resources, creating Open Educational Resources (OER), and identifying materials available from the U of I Library.
  3. Provide support to faculty to implement these and other approaches.

This fellowship awards $1,200 to selected faculty and graduate students. Fellows are expected to:

  • Commit to using an open textbook or affordable alternative (total cost less than $30) for an upcoming course (faculty teaching high enrollment courses, dual-enrollment courses, and Idaho Gem courses are especially encouraged to apply).

  • Meet regularly with the Open Education Librarian as supports their work.

  • Agree to share the resources and content they create on the Think Open OER Commons group.

  • Deliver a final syllabus for their course that uses Open or other low-cost materials (less than $30).

Faculty can apply to transform any course in this fellowship program. Faculty teaching Idaho GEM courses, high enrollment courses, and dual-enrollment courses are especially encouraged to apply. The Think Open Program also welcomes applications from faculty hoping to increase quailty representation of marginalized identities in their course materials.

For Academic Year 2022-2023 we are excited to announce a new rolling deadline format. Please apply by the following dates for consideration for the semester noted:

Fall Semester Deadline, for courses in Fall 2022 or later: Apply by July 31st, 2022 Spring Semester Deadline, for courses in Spring 2023 or later: Apply by November 31st, 2022

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