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Winning proposals for open education grant

January 3, 2020

Winning proposals for the Auraria Library Open Education Grant have been selected. The grant is intended to inspire instructors to choose Open Educational Resources (OER) and no-cost resources in lieu of expensive course materials. To encourage these efforts, the library awarded $1,200 stipends to support campus educators in adopting alternative course materials prioritizing openly licensed and public domain materials with no restrictions on reuse and adaption. Congratulations to the following CU Denver awardees:

Maria DelgadoJo VandenBurg, and Phil Gallegos are creating an open design-build textbook on construction practices and international design for use in three upper division architecture courses. In addition to covering design-build techniques, the text will include case studies drawn from the authors’ previous projects, among them their undergraduate course on international design-build and community development in Nicaragua. This project fills a gap in open resources and will be marketed for adoption and adaptation in additional programs within the Auraria community and across the country. A Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) grant also supported the creation of this text.


Lindsey Hamilton will replace an upper division psychology textbook on behavioral endocrinology with multimodal open resources to create an engaging learning experience. Because many open psychology texts deal with introductory content, this project may involve adapting or authoring original content to address advanced concepts.


Sandy Zook will evaluate OER for integration into a graduate organizational management class on the basis of diverse authorship, engagement with emergent theory, and focus on government and nonprofit organizations. A theoretically grounded evaluation tool will also be developed to test the efficacy of course-integrated open resources in advancing accessibility and student engagement. This tool can then be adapted by other faculty wishing to make similar evaluations. 

The library’s grant is intended to continue OER momentum stimulated by Thinqstudio work and the CU State CDHE OER Grant. The state grant supported participation of 31 CU Denver faculty in the Center for Faculty Development’s OER Jumpstart series, and a dozen faculty in a Community of Practice for instructors now enhancing their courses with OER. Learn more through the Library’s OER guide. Those using OER now are invited to report your work and be recognized for your leadership.

Guest contributor Ellen Metter, research support librarian at the Auraria Library