Past Opportunities

Read more about awarded projects here

Adoption Pilots

Campus ABOER Adoption Pilot grants were awarded in May 2016.  Grant Guidelines are available here

Alberta institutions including 26 Campus Alberta Publicly Funded Institutions and 5 First Nations Colleges were encouraged to apply for up to $10,000 as contribution to an OER Adoption Pilot initiative on your campus in Fall 2016 that includes capacity building. This opportunity remained open from January 22 to April 30th.


The objective of the ABOER Initiative Adoption Pilot funding is to:

  • Replace paid resources resulting in cost-savings to students. 
  • Adopt and implement OERs in a course. 
  • Expose faculty and leadership to the benefits of OERs.
  • Leverage and increase awareness of existing institutional knowledge of OERs.
  • Collect Alberta specific data around the adoption of OERs in post secondary education.
  • Obtain feedback on the challenges and barriers to OER adoption.


Awareness - increase awareness of OERs at the institutional level, including their purpose and how to access, evaluate and use them.

Use - increase implementation/use of existing OERs into current, high enrolment courses.

Championship- educate on the value, impact and importance of OERs at the institutional level.

  1. Objectives of Awareness, Use and Championship must be demonstrated in the project plan.
  2. ABOER funds must be allocated to 75% efforts specific to adoption.
  3. 25% of ABOER funds may be allocated specifically to internal capacity building.
  4. Funding requested of ABOER Initiative must not exceed $10,000. Cost of the project may exceed this amount and be funded from other sources.
  5. Collaboration among institutions is encourage and increases the chance of funding. 

Expectations of Awarded Institutions:

  • Expenditure of ABOER funds must occur prior to December 31, 2016.
  • 20% of funding will be held pending final Adoption Pilot Report.
  • Challenges and lessons learned are sought and appreciated to support the development of best practices.
  • Low adoption metrics shall be supported with shared experience through best practices / recommendations.
  • Quarterly reporting (June, Sept, Dec)
  • Final project reporting, Dec 15, to include: 
    • Forecasted cost savings to students with regular measurement to this forecast.
    • Percentage of growth / adoption across campus (or select courses).
    • Lessons learned / recommendations; contribution to ABOER Toolkits.

Application Process:  

  1. Review the application rubric. 
  2. Submit application by April 30, 2016, 11:59pm MT
  3. Applications will be judged by the Campus ABOER Steering Committee, and final decisions confirmed by the Ministry upon the Steering Committee’s recommendation. Applicants may be asked for further information and/or to make a presentation.

Phase 2 Open Call Expressions of Interest 

Campus ABOER Initiative Phase 2 grants were awarded in May 2016.  Grant Guidelines are available here.

The Campus Alberta Open Educational Resources Initiative facilitated an Open Call for expressions of interest April and May 2016. The deadline to submit was May 4th.

The scope of the project proposed in the expression of interests ranged with the objective to increase use, awareness or capacity for open educational resources. Some concepts applicants were encouraged to consider included: workshop sprints to get subject matter experts together to create test items, creation of ancillary resources such as multimedia to support OERs or faculty fellows program for research and championship of OERs.

This open call allowed institutions to customize an OER project to further the open educational resources movement in Alberta while meeting their institutional readiness, and, provided valuable information to the initiative to further understand the provincial open education landscape.

    Application Process:  

    1. Submit expression of interest via online form
    2. Receive request for project proposal (with a 2 week turnaround time) 
    3. Applications will be judged by the Campus ABOER Steering Committee. Final decisions are confirmed by the Ministry upon the steering committee's recommendation. Applicants may be asked for further information and/or to make a presenation. 

    Phase 1 Expressions of Interest 

    Campus ABOER Initiative Phase 1 grants were awarded in May 2015.  

    Phase 1 Grant Categories

    The projects supported through Phase 1 of Campus Alberta OER Initiative focused on the following three categories:


    The “Awareness” grant category intends to support the cultural change needed throughout institutions of Alberta to utilize and support OER provincially. 

    Content Development / OER Application

    The “Content” grant category intends to support the use of existing OER materials by supplementing current material with complimentary content. This includes test items and course wraps, lesson plans, presentations, etc. 


    The “Sustainability” grant category intends to support capacity development and ensure that a sustainable foundation to support OER initiatives is established. This includes technical infrastructure, institutional needs, etc. 

    Grant Success Criteria for Phase 1 projects included:  

    • Must not duplicate the purpose of Open Educational Resources available.
    • Must be Creative Commons Attribution licensed (CC-BY SA). 
    • Must explicitly demonstrate the value and cost-savings to the student and the educational system.  
    • Must demonstrate inter-departmental and/or inter-institutional collaboration.
    • Must meet one or more of the defined grant categories.

    Grant Selection Limitations: 

    It is not expected that any one grant proposal will exceed $200,000.
    Any steering committee member who is a grant proposal applicant or a member of an applicant team must recuse themselves from decision on their own proposal.  

    Application Process: 

    We encouraged applications from throughout the province of Alberta. Applicants were required to represent one of the 26 Campus Alberta institutions. Institutions partnering on a collaborative project increased chances of success. 

    Step 1: Attend an Info Session.  In December 2014, we facilitated live online info sessions. Recordings and other resources are available HERE. 
    Step 2: Expression of Interest.  The Expressions of Interest for Phase 1 deadline was January 16, 2015, 11:59pm. 

    As of February 27, 2015, successful Expression of Interest submissions were chosen to provide an in depth proposal to the committee for consideration of grant funding awards. All applicants received response from the committee and a subset were requested to submit a formal proposal.  

    Step 3: Proposals.  The Steering Committee reconvened at the end of January 2015 to review the submissions and establish the next stage of the process. 

    The deadline for Proposal Submissions was March 31, 2015, 11:59pm. Grant projects were awarded in April 2015.