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OpenOKState Fellows: Learning Circles

OpenOKState Learning Circle Details

OpenOKState Learning Circles

Join a cohort of faculty working to curate, remix, and where necessary create primary or ancillary teaching and learning materials intended to replace required text purchases for recurring courses. Over the course of one semester, participants will

  • Develop strategies for locating and evaluating open educational resources
  • Learn to identify and integrate elements of copyright and licensing necessary for engaging with open educational resources
  • Work toward redesigning a course to use OER or create ancillary materials for existing OER.

Formal activities will include three one-hour virtual monthly meetings, completion of three OpenOKState micro-course modules and in-cohort presentation of completed projects. Learning Circle participants will receive a $500.00 stipend via special pay. 

Who is encouraged to apply?

Proposals are invited from current OSU faculty, staff, and students with teaching responsibilities or responsibilities related to the selection and coordination of educational resources for OSU courses.

How will funding be distributed?

Funding will be distributed to recipients in the form of special pay.

Are there additional expectations?

All OpenOKState Research Fellows will be invited to share their experience and scholarship with others on the OSU campus in ways they feel most effectively complement their work. Possible outreach may include

  • departmental level advocacy for open practices
  • participation in OSU Library and OpenOKState sponsored events, such as Open Education Week
  • partnerships with student organizations or student leadership to help publicize efforts to improve access to higher education through open
  • administrative level advocacy for open practices

The above are simply starting points and suggestions of ways through which others have shared their experiences. Each applicant will have the opportunity to suggest their own plan for how they propose to share their work beyond the conference itself. Something as simple as an informal final report describing the conference presentation experience and how their work in open was received by their peers will be welcome and valued.

How will award decisions be made?

Applicants selected as Open OKState Fellows Learning Circle participants will be able to clearly articulate how they believe use of open practices contributes to and advances the knowledge in their particular field. Strong consideration will be given to faculty and instructors whose application describes how selection as an OpenOKState Fellow and Learning Circle will help meet their own professional goals and objectives.

What if I am intrigued, but have more questions before I move forward?

Please reach out to Kathy Essmiller, OSU Libraries OER Librarian and Coordinator of OpenOKState. She is happy to help you getting started and at any point along the way. She can be reached at

Application for Spring 2024 Learning Circle participation will open December 15, 2023.

Apply Here


*The application includes eleven questions plus some demographic info. The questions seem in depth, but answer off the top of your head, you don't need to go do more research. I really only mean for this to take about 15-20 minutes to complete. Holler if you want help.  ~Kathy