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Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER)

Affordable Learning SCALE Grant

SCALE Grant Overview



Limestone is a recipient of the SCALE Affordable Learning Grant program sponsored by the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL). The aim of the SCALE grant program is to fund affordable learning projects at institutions of higher education in South Carolina. The grant awards will increase institutional awareness of affordable learning resources, encourage the adoption, revision, or development of Open Educational Resources (OER), and promote faculty course use of library licensed materials in their teaching.


OER Stipend Program
Limestone's grant proposal, "OER (Open Educational Resources) Information Campaign: Limestone University’s drive to bring affordable learning awareness to campus," was awarded $2,500 to be used for the OER Faculty Stipend program. Additionally, the Office of the Provost is providing $1,000 for the stipend program.


Grant Timeline

The SCALE grant timeline is  from October 2020 - October 2021. Limestone will present the final report of its grant project at a PASCAL Townhall meeting in October 2021. To meet this deadline, participants of  Limestone's OER Stipend program would need to complete approved grant activities by the end of Spring semester 2021 and preesnt their final report at the Limestone  General Faculty meeting(s) in August, 2021.

Limestone's Affordable Learning Awareness Campaign

Faculty OER Stipend program (SCALE Grant)

The SCALE (South Carolina Affordable Learning) grant award has enabled Limestone to initiate an OER Faculty Stipend Program. This program consists of the following:

  1. Open Textbook Review ($100)
  2. Open Textbook or OER Adoption ($100)

See the Faculty OER Stipend Program Overview document below for more details.

Reviewing Open Textbooks:

Faculty will have a couple of open textbook review options in roder to meet the Open Textbook Review stipend requirements. These requirements are outlined in the application form and is also listed below: Faculty may:

  • Review an Open Textbook from Open Textbook Library (OTL) Pre-requisite: faculty must attend an OEN (Open Education Network) presentation. This will enable faculty to publish their review of the OTL available textbook on the OTL website. There will be opportuniities for faculty to attend OEN  presentations throughout the 2020-2021 academic year so stay tuned.
  • Create a free account with Merlot, a repository of online learning materials, so as to publish your review of an open textbook (not from OTL) on their website. Faculty may choose to review open textbooks found on the Merlot site or other sites such as OpenSTAX.

Review requirements: Faculty must address review requirements as outlined in the stipend application form. These requirements can also be found in the CRAAP document below.

  • *NOTE that in order to adopt an Open Textbook or OER for your course(s), you would also need to submit a review of the Open Textbook or OER you are planning to adopt. Therefore, the total award in this case would be ($200). 

Please see the listing below for relevant documents and instructions, and the OER faculty stipend application forms.

Application Forms:

OER Faculty Stipend Application form for Open Textbook Review

OER Faculty Stipend Application form for Open Textbook Adoption

Faculty Final Report Presentation (Information) - Coming Soon! Faculty presnetations are planned for August 2021, prior to the start of the Fall 2021 semester.

SCALE Introductory OER Webinars

Below are the SCALE webinars for which attendance is required for participation in the stipend program.

Register for the SCALE webinars here

**To attend or view other OER webinars, please visit the Webinars tab in this guide.


Introduction to Open Educational Resources and South Carolina Affordable Learning (SCALE)

Original Presentation Date: January 10, 2019

Presenters: Wendy Moore, Francis Marion University & Sarah Spigner, Converse College

This webinar will provide information on affordable learning concepts and Open Educational Resources (OER), provide an overview of the South Carolina Affordable Learning (SCALE) initiative and statewide faculty outreach programs, and will provide strategies for campus outreach and how PASCAL institutions can take advantage of SCALE’s programs to raise awareness with faculty. Intended Audience: Librarians & Faculty


Search, Discover, and Evaluate OER

Original Presentation Date: January 15, 2019

Presenters:  Amie Freeman & Tucky Taylor, University of South Carolina

Are you on board to make your courses more affordable but don’t know where to start? Join us to explore ways to search, discover and evaluate open educational resources (OER).

Intended Audience: Librarians & Faculty


Copyright & Creative Commons for Course Materials

Original Presentation Date: January 24, 2019 

Presenters:  Amie Freeman & Tucky Taylor, University of South Carolina

You are likely aware that open educational resources (OER) are free of cost, but did you know that many are also free of most copyright restrictions? Join us as we discuss the use of both copyrighted and openly licensed course materials. We'll cover copyright, licensing, fair use, Creative Commons, and how it all applies to how you use and create teaching resources.

Intended Audience: Librarians & Faculty


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