ASCCC OERI Request for Proposals IV – Overview


Greetings! The ASCCC OERI is pleased to announce that the submission portal for another round of OER funding will soon be available. In order to ensure that applicants have all the information they need before submitting their proposals, informational webinars and informal office hours will be held. Please find the submission portal, schedule of events, and event archives on the ASCCC OERI Request for Proposals IV – Timeline and Events page.

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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.

Applicants who want assistance identifying collaborators should complete the Collaborator Recruitment Request form as soon as possible – and no later than December 10th, 2021. Given the timeline of the RFP process, initiating collaborator recruitment in a timely manner is essential.

Collaborator 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 should incorporate 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 a 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), has been 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 – Coming Soon

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

Does the OERI fund Canvas course shells?

Individual faculty create courses based on their local course outline of record and their teaching pedagogy. While publishers may think they can create canned courses that can be passed on to all faculty to teach a given course, as faculty we know that teaching a course requires a teacher. As such, resources for teaching a given course are the OERI’s focus. More specifically, resources that have the potential to increase the adoption of OER such that students save money. In addition, we are focused on resources that are open – contributing to the OER movement more generally.

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 your 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.

This page last updated December 15, 2021