Faculty who are aware of open educational resources (OER) and OER initiatives like UAA Textbook Affordability are more likely to make the switch from commercial materials to OER or other zero-cost course materials (or ZTC, the acronym for "zero textbook cost") (Spilovoy, et al.). The goal of this Certificate program is to increase awareness of OER/ZTC and ensure faculty have the essential knowledge needed to successfully transition courses to OER/ZTC -- all with the smallest time commitment and maximum flexibility possible -- in an effort to increase the number of ZTC courses at UAA and APU. You can preview program content on the Curriculum tab.
You may be eligible to receive a $300 award for successful completion of the OER/ZTC Certificate program. See more information below.
This program was designed for faculty of all ranks, types, and disciplines who teach one or more courses at UAA or APU. That said, UAA and APU staff and faculty who do not teach may find value in completing the program, particularly if they provide any support to teaching faculty in the areas of textbook selection, creation of course materials, course design, etc.
Everyone who completes the Certificate program will receive recognition for completion (e.g., digital or print certificate of completion; letter of recognition; name listed on this website). However, to be eligible for the $300 award upon completion, you must be:
* In circumstances where a staff member or adjunct faculty member plays an influential role in course materials selection or development, they may also be considered for a funded award for Certificate completion. Contact D'Arcy Hutchings for consideration.
** Funding for 100 certificates is available for FY 2021-2022. Additional funding may be available in 2022-2023.
You can complete the Certificate program at any time.
If you wish to receive payment (see eligibility restrictions above), the Certificate program must be successfully completed by May 20, 2022. At present we have funding for up to 100 faculty that must be paid out in the current fiscal year (2021/2022) and funding for future years is unknown.
We strongly recommend completing the Certificate requirements in advance of the deadline in case any revisions to the submissions are deemed necessary.
This program was developed by UAA Textbook Affordability co-chairs D'Arcy Hutchings (Associate Professor, Library) and Dr. Veronica Howard (Associate Professor, Psychology) with assistance from Zoe Dietz (student employee). This work complements the Alaska Open Education Initiative, a UAA Textbook Affordability project funded by U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA). The core structure of this program was inspired by the UAA Online Teaching Certificate program by Kathryn Schild.
Funding for the Certificate awards is provided by the UAA/APU Consortium Library using funds earmarked for textbook affordability efforts.