Three OER book covers

2018 Call for OER Proposals

The UHM Outreach College is excited to announce a second call for proposals of OER textbook projects.

We are looking to increase the adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) to improve student success through cost-savings and broader access to learning materials. To this end, the OC is providing funds to UHM faculty to the support collaborative adoption of OER textbooks during Summer and Fall of 2018.

OER textbooks are digital, freely available textbooks for students at UHM and beyond. OER textbooks are published with an open copyright license, such as Creative Commons, which permits free reuse and sharing. The openness of these learning materials makes it possible to customize content to better serve students and instructors, and we are seeking motivated faculty to take advantage of these opportunities.

Proposals will be accepted for projects that do one of the following:

  • Adopt an OER textbook to replace the primary text in a high enrollment course
  • Create ancillary materials (quiz banks, glossaries, etc) to pair with existing OER textbooks
  • Publish a new OER textbook from existing OER and faculty-authored content

Funding awards of up to $5,000 will be given to support projects creating new OER textbooks. Funding requests should be used towards faculty support, GA or student help, or other services related to the production of the OER textbook. Preference will be given to proposals with applicability towards high-enrollment undergraduate courses that currently require students to purchase a high-cost traditional textbook. Faculty members should be prepared to share insights gained at UHM’s Open Education Week in March 2019.

Publishing and Design Support

Funded projects will have early access to OER publishing tools, and the option to receive instructional design support from UHM’s OER Technologist, Billy Meinke.

OER materials produced in this project will be archived in the University’s institutional repository managed by the UHM Library.


Proposal deadline: April 2, 2018.

Awards announcement: April 9, 2018.

OER projects are expected to be completed by the start of the Spring semester, 2019. Timelines may vary.


View the full application form at the following link:

Please see the 2017 OER Grant Projects page to review last year’s funded projects!

Any questions can be directed to