ASCCC OERI Request for Proposals V – Overview


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Greetings! The ASCCC OERI is pleased to announce that the submission portal for our current round of OER funding is now available. In order to ensure that applicants have all the information they need before submitting their proposals, informational webinars and informal office hours are available. The submission portal, schedule of events, and event archives can be found on the ASCCC OERI Request for Proposals V – Timeline and Events page.

The anticipated timeline for the process, from the publication of the RFP to the announcement of selected projects for funding is as follows:

Collaboration Requirement

Collaboration across at least three districts is a required component of all proposals. To meet this collaboration requirement, collaborators must all be anticipated users of the proposed OER from different California Community College districts. Collaboration is a required element as your product must be designed to serve the state, not a local course, program, or college. The nature of the collaboration will need to be explained in your proposal. Ideally, meaningful and on-going collaboration is planned as opposed to selected individuals leading the work and others merely serve a review function after work is essentially completed.

Applicants who want assistance identifying collaborators should complete the Collaborator Recruitment Request form as soon as possible. Given the timeline of the RFP process, initiating collaborator recruitment in a timely manner is essential.

Collaborator Requests – RFP IV Archives and RFP V Requests Received

Equity Requirement

Given the commitment of the California Community Colleges to equity, including the ASCCC’s focus on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-racism (IDEA) and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office “Call to Action”, all projects must specifically address IDEA principles and/or culturally responsive pedagogy. Regardless of your final product, it should be developed with equity in mind.

To support faculty as they implement culturally responsive and anti-racist pedagogy, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges Open Educational Resources Initiative (ASCCC OERI), in response to Resolution 09.05 adopted in Spring 2021 (Developing an Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Curriculum Audit Process), was tasked with the development of:

  • a process and review framework to evaluate existing open educational resources to ensure that ASCCC OERI-supported open educational resources are inclusive, diverse, equitable, and anti-racist (IDEA).
  • a curriculum audit process and review framework to assess instructional materials for equity, inclusiveness, diversity, and anti- racism and make the process and framework available for local consideration, modification, and implementation.

Access the ASCCC OERI IDEA Framework and watch the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-Racism (IDEA) – A Process for Reviewing and Improving Courses and Course Resources webinar for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please share your questions about RFP V with the OERI. This page will be updated as needed with additional information.

Can ZTC funds be used to support work on an OERI-funded project?

Yes, provided that both funding sources are being used to support different elements of the project(s). Faculty that are locally being funded (e.g., with ZTC Program Phase 3 funds) to engage in OER development that requires collaboration may be well-served by submitting a proposal to OERI to identify collaborators and benefit from the OERI’s project facilitation structure.

Does the OERI fund Canvas course shells?

Individual faculty create courses based on their local course outline of record and their teaching pedagogy. As such, the OERI would not support the development of a course to meet the needs of a specific faculty member or the faculty at a given college. But it would support the development of ancillary materials for an OER that could be made available in a Canvas shell.

Can I propose to create OER for multiple courses?

You’re welcome to propose whatever you wish, but your proposal will be reviewed for feasibility. We find ourselves reminding faculty to ensure that they are being realistic – a clearly articulated project focused on a given target course is generally more likely to be funded as compared to a proposal that focuses on many courses and lacks sufficient detail. Our goal with RFP IV is to be as clear as possible regarding the end products that will be made available for adoption.

Do my collaborators have to be faculty?

Yes and no. In order to meet the collaboration requirement, you need faculty who would use the resource you’re developing to teach the course that your project is focusing on. If you identify others who you wish to be part of your team, that is appropriate – especially if they bring content knowledge or technical expertise that would otherwise be lacking.