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Open Educational Resources

This guide explains OERs and provides faculty members with resources to find and create Open Educational Resources

Open Education Teaching Award

Affordable course materials, including open educational resources, eBooks through the library, and some digital resources, have been shown to increase the diversity of materials in the classroom, allowing more of our students to see themselves in their classes. These affordable materials also make courses more accessible for students by removing the cost barrier of textbooks, which allows students to access their materials without additional stress. When more students have access to the course materials and are able to relate to the materials, there is an improvement in students’ understanding of content, students’ participation, and use of the materials outside the classroom.

The purpose of this award is to recognize those instructors that utilize affordable course materials in at least one class at Duquesne and demonstrate how those materials impacted their teaching and their students’ learning and engagement. These open materials can include, but are not limited to, textbooks, lesson plans, simulations, and videos, and can be accessed through any university or repository.

Open Education Teaching Award 2024

Application Requirements

Eligible nominees include all faculty, full-time and adjunct, tenured and non-tenure track, who have used an open course material in at least one course at Duquesne University.

Nominees for the award are asked to fill out a Qualtrics application providing information on the open course material they used, how this material was incorporated into their course, how the use of the material informed their teaching, what impact the course material had on their students, and how these materials contribute to the university's mission.

The 2024 Open Education Teaching Award can be accessed here: Open Education Teaching Award Application


Application Timeline

Application Deadline: March 14, 2024

Committee Decision Deadline: April 4, 2024

Award Ceremony: April 25, 2024 at 3:00pm


Celebration of Teaching Excellence Awards

The Open Education Teaching Award will be presented during the Celebration of Teaching Excellence. The recipient of the Open Education Teaching Award will receive recognition during the ceremony and $500.

For more information on the ceremony, you can visit the Duquesne Center for Teaching Excellence's Event Page


Examples of Open Course Materials

The following example images all link to open course materials hosted in various repositories.

Book cover of the textbook Principles of Financial Accounting by Christine Jonick
Simulated molecule which includes an orange sphere in the center and five green spheres attached to the orange sphere
Cover of a textbook called Introduction to Philosophy: Aesthetic Theory & Practice, edited by Valery Vino.
Three different people voting in an American election
Cover of the textbook called Clinical Procedures for Safer Patient Care