RFP for learning modules and short courses

Open Oregon State (part of OSU Extended Campus) encourages the development of open-access (free), online learning modules as part of a new initiative. To support that goal, Open Oregon State offers funding of up to $2,000 to foster faculty participation in providing course content and working with the development team to design and produce modules and short courses. Proposals will be accepted and evaluated for funding once per term.


  • The module must focus on a subject or topic that is not already available openly. If it is already available, what is the reason for creating another?
  • The module must focus on an OSU niche program. Is this from one of OSU's signature areas or areas of expertise?
  • The module must have a defined, known audience in mind (e.g. K-12, international, higher education, Extension, Outreach & Engagement, etc.).
  • The module must be able to be reused in multiple contexts and for multiple purposes (as both a small unit of learning and as part of a larger project).
  • The developer must agree to offer the module under a Creative Commons license. Open Oregon State will help you choose the license that works for you.
  • Department Chair/Head approval.

Propose a module or short course

Other opportunities

Grant collaboration

When National Science Foundation grants are reviewed, there are two criteria used to determine merit – intellectual merit and broader impact. Most can figure out the intellectual merit of their grant proposal but need help describing the broader impact. Open Oregon State can help.

NSF will not consider a proposal unless it explicitly includes activities that demonstrate the project's broader impacts on science or society at large. One must also explain the extent to which these activities explore creative, original or potentially transformative concepts.

The NSF review criterion considers:

  1. Integrating research and education
  2. Broadening participation of underrepresented groups
  3. Enhancing infrastructure for research and education
  4. Broad dissemination of scientific ideas and methods (general scientific literacy)
  5. Direct benefit to society
  6. Increased partnerships between academia, industry, and other

  7. Improved national security
  8. Increased economic competitiveness of the United States

The Open Oregon State staff is available to help you navigate this process. Contact us today about a collaboration.