Deadline Extended! Call for Proposals: MHEC Career Technical Education OER Project

With support from the Hewlett Foundation, MHEC has engaged in a partnership between the four higher education regional compacts—Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), and Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE)—that aims to increase access, affordability, and equity using open educational resources (OER). This partnership, called the National Consortia for OER (NCOER), will expand current OER efforts in each region led by the compacts and coordinated by the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET).

One key initiative of the NCOER project is to produce open educational resources for career and technical education courses by convening experts from multiple states to work with the Rebus Foundation to produce high-quality learning materials. These resources will fill gaps in available OER content for career and technical fields, as well as possibly address the needs of incarcerated students, emphasizing equity considerations in ways not often included in such resources.

This call for proposals invites interested faculty, librarians, instructional designers, and others across the MHEC region to propose projects for the creation of new career and technical education OER publications.

MHEC will select three projects centering on the development and publication of new openly licensed, fully accessible learning materials in high-need disciplines within the career and technical education area.

Awardees will receive:

  • Support for their project from the Rebus Textbook Success Program, which includes 12 online sessions of approximately 1.5 hours each to learn the basics of OER creation and dissemination, followed by monthly check-ins with the support team as the teams finish their projects.
  • The opportunity to collaborate with teams from other colleges and universities across the country while they move from ideation to publishing.
  • Access to the Pressbooks platform for publishing (optional).

Proposals must be submitted at by 11:59 p.m. CT on Friday, May 7, 2021