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Guide to Open Educational Resources (OER)

Affordable Learning SCALE Grant

SCALE Grant Overview (2020-2021) This grant project has ended.



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.

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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