DOER Fellowships

Designing with OER (DOER) Fellows

The Designing with OER (DOER) Fellows Program is modeled on the Open Education Group’s successful work with its OER Research Fellows Program. The express goal of the DOER Fellows Program is to increase instructional designers’ capacities to design effective and engaging learning experiences with OER. Like the OER Research Fellows Program, the DOER Fellows Program is funded by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and administered by the Open Education Group.

The DOER Fellows Program invites instructional designers to partner with subject matter experts to apply for small grants,  supporting the creation of renewable assignments based on the principles of OER-Enabled Pedagogy and designed to be used with specific open educational resources.

We invite everyone with an interest in instructional design and OER to join the DOER Network listserv. Membership in the listserv and participation at DOER Network events (e.g., upcoming meetups at OpenEd and AECT) is open to everyone interested in designing with OER, not just grantees of the Fellows Program.

You can learn more about the DOER Network, the DOER Fellows Program, and OER-enabled Pedagogy from the following video:

Applications for the DOER Fellows Program closed on September 15, 2017. We hope to offer another round of Fellowships in fall 2018.

DOER Fellows will create and submit three complete renewable assignments, each including:

  • The name and URL of the specific open educational resource the renewable assignment is designed to be used with,
  • A set of clear and complete instructions for completing the renewable assignment,
  • A rubric for grading the renewable assignment (typically presented as a table) that clearly specifies:
    • at least three levels of possible student performance (e.g., poor, acceptable, excellent),
    • the criteria by which the renewable assignment will be evaluated (e.g., use of supporting evidence), including criteria determining whether or not excellent student work might be eligible for remixing into future versions of the OER itself (e.g., licensing),
    • a description of what student performance looks like for each criterion at each level of performance (e.g., a “poor” rating for the criterion “use of supporting evidence” might read “no supporting evidence is provided”),
  • Guidance to faculty who have adopted the specific OER regarding how to use the renewable assignment with students (e.g., “use this assignment to assess mastery of material covered in section 5.7 of the OER in place of related items on an end of chapter quiz”; “have students present their projects in class for review and rating by their peers”), and
  • A sample completed assignment, together with a completed rubric for the assignment, on which the sample assignment receives the highest rating for each criterion.

All grant deliverables must be licensed CC BY. We expect attribution to be shared by the instructional designer and the subject matter expert.