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Open Education Resource (OER) Grant for CECLs

In support of Ryerson’s academic goal to provide access to postsecondary education and support for continuous learners, The Chang School has established an annual competitive grant in the amount of $10,000 for Continuing Education Contract Lecturers (CECLs) to create Open Education Resources (OERs) and adapt Open Textbooks for use in their courses.

In this context, “open” refers to learning materials that are created or adapted and published under an open license with the goal of being freely available for adaptation, use and sharing. OERs can include courses, modules, textbooks, supplementary materials (such as handouts, guides), multimedia assets and assessments.

Funding available:

  • Two grants for creation of supplementary materials for future course offerings (max. of $3,500 each)
  • Two grants for adaptation of OERs ($1,500 each)

Objectives of the funding:

  • To support Ryerson’s academic goal to provide access to postsecondary education and support for continuous learners through creation and adoption of OERs and textbooks.
  • To increase the use of open educational content and Open Textbooks to foster pedagogical innovation, continuous learner engagement and agency.
  • Enhance the quality of the learning experience through adaptation and customization to address the needs of our diverse continuous learner population.


CECLs with two years of teaching experience may apply.

Application guidelines:

All applications must be submitted through the application form.

All applicants agree that to be considered for the grant, they are required to:

  • Credit The Chang School and Ryerson University in any publications, conference proceedings or media appearances resulting from the funded project.
  • License all materials under a Creative Commons CC-BY or CC-BY-NC license and indicate that they were funded by The Chang School’s Open Educational Resources (OER) Grants.

Selection criteria:

A Chang School internal committee will review, evaluate and select grant recipients. OERs created or adapted must abide by the following:

  • Maximize open access to materials, open and innovative pedagogy, and cost savings to continuous learners.
  • Be released with an open license, such as Creative Commons, which allows others to freely use, copy, modify, remix, and/or redistribute the content.
  • Meet quality standards for effective learning as described in the submission form.
  • Include all source/editable files used in creating the resource (including any multimedia files) to easily enable further remixing.
  • Be completed on time and within the allocated budget.

Funding availability and financial reporting:

Grant funds will be made available once the budget has been approved by the review committee. Priority will be given to submissions that promote inclusion of Ryerson continuous learners to work in roles associated with the project.

Brief final reports upon project completion and/or close of the granting period are required, including an outline of fund expenditures. Any unspent funds will be returned to The Chang School.

Project evaluation and final assessment:

Grant recipients will meet with the selection committee at the end of the project to debrief on the experience and discuss how the objectives of the grant are being met. Additionally, a follow up meeting will take place at the end of the semester when the resource is used in teaching.

Helpful resource:

The Learning Portal's OER Toolkit offers helpful information on licensing.

Additional information:

The OER Grant is generously funded by The Chang School’s Dean’s Office. An amount of $10,000 has been allocated for 2021-2022 to support the use of OERs to benefit teaching and learning through increasing access to and discoverability of learning resources, and contributing to continuous learner cost savings.

All funded projects must be concluded by April 30, 2022. Applicants must have two years of teaching experience with The Chang School to qualify.

Please note that no equipment or travel costs will be covered by this grant.

To apply for a grant, please submit a completed application form. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Teaching Support Services at