The new Pennsylvania Grants for Open and Affordable Learning (PA GOAL) program has opened up its first wave of applications. PA GOAL offers grants that aim to reduce student costs through “the adoption of OER [Open Educational Resources] and other zero-cost textbook alternatives”. The program is managed by PALCI, the state academic library consortium of which Lafayette is a member.

Grants for PA GOAL are available in three categories:

  1. Course Development Grant: for courses that will be taught using OERs or other zero-cost alternatives in place of commercial textbooks.
  2. OER Development Grant: to support the creation and publication of new or adapted OER learning objects.
  3. Library Licensed Materials Grant: for courses that will eliminate out-of-pocket student costs by using library purchased/licensed resources instead of commercial textbooks.

Grants are available for faculty or staff, and the first round of applications will be accepted through May 7. For more information, or to apply, please visit the PA GOAL website. If you have questions about the PA GOAL program, Lafayette’s own OER and Textbook Affordability Initiative, or OERs in general, please contact Ben Jahre.