Open Educational Resources (OER)

Information and resources on Open Educational Resources (OER) available to faculty & students free of cost.

Open Education Faculty Fellowship

The STCC OER Faculty Fellowship Program aims to lessen the financial burden for STCC students by encouraging STCC faculty to assign free and low-cost materials, including open educational resources (OERs) and free library resources, in place of traditional textbooks. These awards are intended to compensate faculty for the additional time necessary to locate, evaluate, and/or create appropriate materials.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

It is highly recommended that you speak with the OER librarian before filling out an application.


This project is funded by: National Network of Libraries of Medicine New England Region,  Title III, and HSI-STEM


General Guidelines

  • The  OER Fellowship Program is eligible to any instructor at STCC. Adjunct faculty are encouraged to apply.
  • Multiple grants to one faculty member will be considered. Please complete an application for each course number.
  • All materials for the resulting courses must be available at no cost to students. STCC Library resources are acceptable. For SHPS courses, resources available through the National Institutes of Health, The National Center for Biotechnology Information, and the National Library of Medicine are especially encouraged.

Faculty Requirements
Stipend recipients must:

  • Attend (in-person or virtually) one OER training workshop. 
  • Find and/or develop instructional content as an alternative to current materials/textbooks.
  • Communicate regularly with the OER Librarian regarding the status of the project.
  • Ensure accessibility of all materials by utilizing the ADA Accessibility Toolkit. This includes meeting with a staff member from the Office of Disability Services.
  • Gather and report assessment data findings after your course ends and by an agreed upon deadline.

Award Criteria

Viability: An applicant's plan demonstrates that appropriate materials exist or can be created

Impact: Core courses with high enrollment will receive priority

Savings: Courses that currently utilize high-cost materials will receive priority


STCC Library
Building 19, Second Floor

STCC Disability Services
Building 19, Second Floor

Blackboard Administration
Contact Scott Lambert

Open Resources by Subject
Common OER Resources organized by subject

National Network of Libraries of Medicine, New England Region
The Northeast branch of the NNLM provides health information to librarians and health professionals across the region.

Contact Jane Lerner
Director, Title III/SI

Contact Felicia Griffin-Fennell
Director, HSI STEM