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Alternative Textbook Grants for International Program Instructors

FSU Libraries is partnering with International Programs and our international study centers to offer ten grants of $1000 for main campus instructors that are teaching at our international study centers (five grants per application period) and six grants of $1000 for instructors based at each of our European study center locations (three grants per application period). Additionally, the Republic of Panama will offer two grants of $1000 for instructors based at FSU Panama. 

Requirements for International Programs applicants:

  1. 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, BCcampusOER Commons, and MERLOT. (Contact your subject librarian for search help.)
  2. Obtain a letter of support from the Study Center Director.
  3. Communicate intention to adopt open and/or affordable material to college or department contact or dean, to confirm that replacing your current textbook will not contravene any applicable policies.
  4. Complete the online International Programs application form by the deadline.

Requirements for grant recipients:

Successful grant recipients will:

  1. View two workshops (one hour each):
    1. Getting Started with Open Educational Resources (OER)
    2. From OER to Open Pedagogy
  2. Meet with the Alt-Textbook team to develop a timeline of deliverables, implementation plan, and assessment tools (Note: Depending on your course material, there may not be an opportunity to implement OER due to textbook compliance. Timelines and feasibility will be defined in the first meeting with the OER team.)
  3. 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
  4. 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:

  1. Estimated savings to FSU students
  2. Openness of proposed content, with openly licensed content given preference over library-licensed materials
  3. Inclusion of a clear plan to assess student learning outcomes
  4. Potential for proposed content to be adopted by other courses or sections 
  5. Departmental commitment (i.e., letter of support from department chair or dean)
  6. Study Center Director support

Distribution of Grant Funds

Grant funds will be distributed via International Programs in the form of meal reimbursement.


Lindsey Wharton, Extended Campus & Distance Services Librarian

Lou Blenman, International Programs

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