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Affordable Course Materials Initiative (ACMI)

ACMI Stipend Program Update

Since Fall 2020, the ACMI stipends program has invested $16,650 and saved students $119,214.00 (in the 1st semester), 
 converted 18 courses and 34 sections with 986 enrollments.  
Savings are ongoing as course sections continue semester after semester with the no and low-cost materials. 
 

Call for participation

The Affordable Course Materials Initiative (ACMI) Team is accepting applications for the fifth round of the course conversion stipend program to convert courses currently using textbooks and course materials costing more than $50 to open educational resources (OER) and/or quality low-cost and no-cost materials. After conversion, all courses receiving stipends must meet the criteria for marking the course low or no-cost course in Banner. 
 

The long-term goal of the stipend program is to cultivate and support the development of low-cost and zero-cost courses and the faculty who implement, adapt and develop, open educational resources in support of student learning. The program encourages the broad sharing of these resources to support Oakland University’s mission of student success and requires recipients to openly license any instructional material created or adapted using program funds.
 

Application deadline for 2024 extended 
Please contact Julia Rodriguez ~ juliar@oakland.edu if you are interested in submitting an application.

ACMI Stipends

Applicants are expected to convert one course (section) and are encouraged to work as a team. Course conversion projects require reworking the syllabus, locating and evaluating new materials, and often the creation of new slides and quizzes. The fabulous team of instructional designers in eLis are available to assist with integrating content into Moodle and creating new interactive materials.

**Applicants are encouraged to review the OER Guide and schedule an appointment to discuss their project before submitting an application. (Please contact Julia Rodriguez, ACMI Team Lead ~ juliar@oakland.edu)The number of stipends awarded will be determined by the number and type of qualified applications received. 

Stipend Categories:

  • Adoption/Adaptation - $1,000 -  Replace required traditional textbooks and course materials by adopting and adapting an existing open textbook or OER course component. (Use of low-cost homework system paired with the open textbook is permitted. *Final cost to students must be less than $50.)
  • Adoption/Adaptation with DEI/Social Justice Focus- $1,500 - Using a DEI or Social Justice Rubric to guide redesign of course to replace required traditional textbook and course materials by adopting and adapting an existing open textbook or OER course components. (Use of low-cost homework system paired with the open textbook is permitted. *Final cost to students must be less than $50.)
  • Creation - $1,500 - $3,000 - Develop openly licensed materials. Create OER materials or open textbook for a current course to replace required costly course materials. (Total stipend amount determined by the scope of the project.)
  • Revision/Innovation No-cost - $800 -  Replace a traditional textbook with articles, book excerpts, audio, or video that are licensed through University Libraries are available online at no cost, through open access or free in the public domain.  
  • Revision/Innovation Low-cost - $500 - Replace a traditional textbook with articles, book excerpts, audio, or video available online at low-cost. (*Final cost to students must be less than $50.).
  • Department/Program stipend to develop shared materials across sections -$TBD - Conversion of a multi-section course proposed by a program or group of faculty developing materials together.  (This type of award would be a payment directly to the program or department to cover the cost for a faculty course release or other types of expense.)

Faculty Eligibility

  • All Oakland University faculty and instructors teaching a course in Fall 2024 or Winter 2025 are eligible to apply. 
  • Faculty can apply as a team. Only one faculty leader should complete the application.   
  • Team applications should include at least one instructor who has taught the course previously and one instructor who is the instructor of record for the course the semester the new material will be implemented.  
  • Faculty previously receiving a stipend may re-apply for a new course or as part of a team. However, new applicants may be given preference. 


Course Information

  • Projects are for courses using course materials costing more than $50, to convert courses to low or no-cost courses. 
  • New courses may be considered as eligible. Contact ACMI coordinator directly before applying.  

Program Requirements: 

  1. All stipend recipients must attend an orientation workshop and submit a work plan and timeline by the beginning of Summer I. 
  2. An outcomes report must be submitted prior to the end of the first semester after implementation in the proposed course. 
  3. Recipients are expected to mark their course in Banner with the appropriate cost designation each time the course is offered.
  4. Recipients will be expected to share their experiences with OU colleagues either through department meeting presentations, participation in workshops, or publication. 
  5. Recipients must openly license any instructional material created or adapted with a Creative Commons license and be willing to share it in an open education repository; such as OER Commons.


Application Evaluation Criteria

  1. Feasibility of the applicant implementing the project within the project’s timeframe.
  2. Project’s benefit for student learning. 
  3. A plan for assessing the new content aligned to course outcomes.
  4. Potential for the project to have a high impact on students.
     
Disbursement of Funds
Awards are administered by OU Libraries and processed after the final report has been submitted. Awards can be disbursed either as a stipend or transferred to the recipient's department to be used for the recipient's travel and professional development expenses.

Questions: Please contact Julia Rodriguez, ACMI Team Lead ~ juliar@oakland.edu