Alternatives to the use of traditional, commercial textbooks are emerging that offer the potential to reduce the cost of information access for students and provide an opportunity to enhance the teaching and learning experience for faculty and students with resources that are more customized and relevant.
Starting in 2019, a pilot grant program will support this work.
More information on the submission process coming soon.
This initiative aims to benefit student learning and promote innovative teaching by focusing on these objectives:
Participating faculty and instructors will select and implement new high quality and cost-effective content for their courses, with support and guidance from librarians, ITS: Educational Solutions, and other partners. These new materials might include:
Pilot grants will target some or all of these adoption levels of commitment:
Adopt – faculty members will incorporate an existing open textbook into their course
Customize – faculty members will incorporate portions of existing open textbooks along with other freely available educational resources or with materials available through the library’s collections
Create – faculty members will write or compile their own open textbook, which will be available for other educators to use free of charge