Red-Logo PNG (1)Call for Proposals

What is it?

Update: we heard that institutions were very interested in the opportunity, but needed more time, so a January 7th extension has been made.

OpenSkill is developing high quality Open Educational Resources (OER) to improve student outcomes and lower textbook costs. OpenSkill OER promotes active learning and implicitly teaches essential skills. It is funded by a $3.4M Dept. of Ed. grant and represents a unique collaboration between the Center of Education Through eXploration and the Inspark Teaching Network, at Arizona State University, and the three largest college systems in the country (Ivy Tech Community College, Maricopa Community Colleges, Miami Dade College).

OpenSkill is supporting institutions to implement high quality OER, and providing up to $10,000 in grant funding, through the spring, summer, and fall of 2022. The team at Arizona State University will be providing services ranging from technology integration to learning design to course development in LMSs. Faculty will work with OpenSkill to bundle active learning tools (assignments using OpenSkill Tools) and curated OER (Content Packages in five disciplines) to use as textbook replacements at scale.

How does it work?

  1. Review OpenSkill offerings by requesting demo access (check the box for intent to submit for the grant) by December 31st.
  2. Submit your application by 5pm Pacific Time Friday, January 31st, 2022.
  3. The OpenSkill Leadership Team will schedule short interviews from January 10th with finalists.
  4. Enrollment targets set for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2022 by February 7th.
  5. Grants of up to $10,000 will be announced February 10th.
  6. LMS integration completed by February 24th.
  7. Pilot and training launch with faculty and students in Spring 2022.
  8. Increasing enrollment towards targets through Summer and Fall 2022 towards full textbook replacements.
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January 24, 2022 Request demo access and intent to submit for the grant
January 31 Applications due by 5pm Pacific Time
February 2-4 Finalist Interviews
February 7 Finalist enrollment targets set
February 10 Grant awards announced (up to $10,000)
Spring 2022 Pilots and instructor training



  • Accredited two-year or four-year postsecondary institution, including state systems.
  • Unduplicated undergraduate headcount greater than 15,000 preferred.
    • Institutions with unduplicated enrollment less than 15,000 still eligible to apply.
  • Using an OpenSkill textbook replacement (Tools and Content Packages) across multiple sections in at least one of the five available disciplines (preferred):
    • English Composition I & II
    • Intro Chemistry
    • Intro Biology
    • Interpersonal Communication
    • Student Success

Selection criteria

  • Primary contact a chair, dean, or administrator (preferred).
  • Faculty and administrator support at the institution (preferred).
  • Ability to implement OpenSkill OER (Tools and Content Packages as a textbook replacement) at scale with faculty.
  • Capacity and willingness to support faculty training and professional development.
  • Capacity and willingness to evaluate learner success.
  • Ability to implement OER sustainability models, such as course developers/mentors, with OpenSkill support.
  • Use of funds for faculty stipends/contracts to pilot, test, review, adapt, and scale content with training (preferred).

Apply here