Skip to main content

Open BCIT Grants

Open Education Grants 2023/24

OER Development Grants (up to $5,000) – CLOSED

Develop openly licensed learning materials:

  • make substantial revisions to existing OER (open educational resources) to better suit class subject matter and learning outcomes
  • create an openly licensed learning resource in any category or format (eg. textbook, videos, manual, question or test bank)

The LTC and the Library can provide some support for funded grant projects.

These funds are usually distributed as flexible learning (part-time studies) contracts so are subject to tax and benefits deductions.

The call for proposals will close Monday, October 17, 2022. 

Grant Application Form

Open Education Course Transformation Micro-Grants ($500) –


Transform a current or new course to include one or both of the following:

  • ZTC (zero textbook costs): replace learning materials currently used in the course that students pay for (eg. textbooks, lab manuals, readings) with materials that are free for students (eg. OER, freely available information such as government documents, and/or BCIT Library materials)
  • OEP (open education practices/pedagogy): incorporate substantive OEP into the course.

A short student survey and final report is required.

Support from the Library and the Learning and Teaching Centre is available:

  • to consult with a Librarian to help with a search for OER and other free-to-use learning materials
  • to consult with an Instructional Development Consultant to help determine appropriate open practices that match the subject matter and learning outcomes of the course

These funds are distributed as flexible learning (part-time studies) contracts so are subject to tax and benefits deductions.

The call for proposals will close Monday, October 17, 2022. 

Teaching Excellence in Open Education Employee Excellence Award – CLOSED – deadline March 1

BCIT’s Employee Excellence Awards added a new category starting in 2022: Teaching Excellence in Open Education. The recipient is awarded $1,000. Nominations are open for 2023.

Teaching Excellence in Open Education Award Criteria
The award recognizes teaching excellence in open education by meeting one or more of the following during the past year (April through March):
▪ Improves teaching efficiency and effectiveness through using, augmenting, and evolving OER course materials aligned to course learning outcomes.
▪ Develops Open Educational Resources (OER) to share with colleagues, enhance student-learning opportunities, and reduce barriers to education.
▪ Uses Open Educational Practices (OEP) for learning, teaching, and assessment while challenging, supporting, and inspiring students to do their best work.
▪ Demonstrates creativity and passion in delivering educational experiences that expand student reach and influence beyond the classroom by providing opportunities for students to collaborate and openly share their work with the wider community.
▪ Displays creative and competent use of educational technology to enhance learning experiences with OER and OEP
▪ Demonstrates knowledge of and passion for open education and the benefits it brings to learning and teaching while contributing to the ongoing work to make the global open education movement inclusive and fair.
▪ Works collaboratively with BCIT colleagues and students on open education initiatives, aimed at integrating Open Educational Practices into teaching and learning.
▪ Acts as a valuable resource for students, colleagues, and BCIT by sharing open education knowledge and promoting and encouraging the development and use of OER and OEP.
▪ Participates beyond BCIT in open education initiatives such as sharing OER, contributing to OE committees/communities of practice, and pursuing or providing PD opportunities in open education

Grant Application Form

 Application Forms

External Funding Opportunities