The 35 instructors who participated in previous rounds of the Alternative Textbook Grants program are expected to save FSU students up to $437,000 by Spring 2020. Studies show students have similar or increased success and engagement in courses with open materials. Openly licenses materials support academic freedom and learning outcomes, allowing instructors and students to contribute to knowledge exchange in new, meaningful ways.
Requirements for applicants:
- Identify the open textbook or educational resources that you will use to replace your current textbook or course materials. Good places to search for OER include OpenStax College, the Open Textbook Library, BCcampus, OER Commons, and MERLOT. You can also search across these and other sources using the GMU OER Metafinder. (Contact your subject librarian for search help.)
- Obtain a letter of support from your department chair or school/college dean, to confirm that replacing your current textbook will not contravene any applicable policies.
- Complete the online application form by the deadline.
Requirements for grant recipients:
Successful grant recipients will:
- View two workshops (one hour each) by the end of the semester in which they submitted their application (i.e., Fall 2018 or Spring 2019):
- Getting Started with Open Educational Resources (OER)
- From OER to Open Pedagogy
- Meet with the Alt-Textbook team to develop a timeline of deliverables, implementation plan, and assessment tools
- Promote your work by providing the Alt-Textbook team with press-worthy updates and giving a presentation to colleagues in your department or school/college
- Provide feedback about the grant program and suggestions for how it could be improved for future applicants
Application Evaluation Rubric
Alt-Textbook grant applications will be evaluated using a rubric that balances the following criteria to prioritize impact and collaboration:
- Estimated savings to FSU students
- Openness of proposed content, with openly licensed content given preference over library-licensed materials
- Inclusion of a clear plan to assess student learning outcomes
- Potential for proposed content to be adopted by other courses or sections
- Departmental commitment (i.e., letter of support from department chair or dean)
- Feasibility of project being implemented by end of the 2018-19 academic year
Distribution of Grant Funds
Funds will be distributed for professional travel expenses, technology, or software following procedures outlined in a memorandum of understanding between FSU Libraries and the successful applicants.
Camille Thomas, Scholarly Communication Librarian
Lindsey Wharton, Extended Campus and Distance Services Librarian