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Open Mines: Launching a Mini-grant Program to Incentivize Open Educational Resource Development for STEM Disciplines

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Opening Up: Data, Open Access, and Open Educational Resources

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Engineering Libraries

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Emily A. Bongiovanni Colorado School of Mines

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Emily Bongiovanni is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Colorado School of Mines, where she supports faculty and students throughout the research lifecycle and promotes Open Science. She went to Denison University for her undergraduate degree and earned her Masters of Library and Information Science at the University of Denver.

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Brianna B. Buljung Colorado School of Mines Orcid 16x16

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Brianna is the Teaching and Learning librarian at the Colorado School of Mines. She collaborates with faculty to design and implement information literacy throughout the curriculum. Prior to her work at the School of Mines, she was the Engineering and Computer Science librarian at the United States Naval Academy and a contract Reference librarian at the National Defense University. She earned her MLIS from the University of Denver in 2011.

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A common complaint among STEM faculty is the lack of existing Open Educational Resources (OER) to support upper class and graduate coursework. High-level courses or niche subject areas such as groundwater engineering or advanced manufacturing lack rigorous OER course material. Spearheaded by the Arthur Lakes Library, Colorado School of Mines was awarded an institutional-level grant by the Colorado Department of Higher Education to establish a mini-grant program. This program, Open Mines, would incentivize faculty on campus to use OER in their courses. This paper describes the Library’s role in establishing the university’s mini-grant program, an assessment of the first year of awards, and lessons learned. The initial grant cycle has been assessed in various ways, including data on cost savings to students and OER usage on campus. Lessons learned while administering the first cohort of mini-grants include addressing accessibility, dissemination, and copyright concerns. This project contributes to the discussion on the role of OER in STEM curriculum and techniques librarians can use to facilitate OER adoption at their institutions.

Bongiovanni, E. A., & Buljung, B. B. (2020, June), Open Mines: Launching a Mini-grant Program to Incentivize Open Educational Resource Development for STEM Disciplines Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35010

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