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Open Textbooks Grant Program

Note: The information below is for the 216 round of Open Textbook Grants. Information about the current round of funding is available on the campus OER page.

Forsyth Library and the Open Education Resources (OER) Council are pleased to announce a new initiative to help faculty implement open textbooks in FHSU classrooms. With funding provided by the University Foundation through a donation from Robert and Delores Fischli, grants of $500 - $2,000 are available for faculty who have identified an open textbook they wish to revise for course implementation. Faculty can apply for funding to revise an existing open textbook or create original supplementary materials to accompany a textbook that needs little or no revision. All grant applications must be received by midnight, June 2, 2016. The OER Council will review the applications and notify applicants of funding awards by August 15th, 2016.

Textbook costs are a critical issue for students. Between 1977 and 2015, Textbook costs rose by 1,041% in comparison to 308% for inflation.1 In a recent study, 65% of students reported that they cope with rising costs by opting not to purchase a textbook even as they recognize that this may affect their success.2 A separate major study recently determined that students whose faculty choose open educational resources perform as well or better than students whose faculty assign commercial textbooks. These students also enroll in a significantly higher number of credits in the next semester.3

For more details on the grant application process and funding, please download the application instructions and then fill out the web form to apply.

Claire Nickerson, Learning Initiatives & OER Librarian, and members of the OER Council will offer four information sessions to answer questions about the proposal and open textbook adaptation process:

 

Wednesday, April 20th at 9:00 AM in Forsyth Library 133
Friday, April 22nd at 11:00 AM in Forsyth Library 133
Tuesday, April 26th at 1:00 PM in Forsyth Library 133
Thursday, April 28th at 4:00 PM in Forsyth Library 133

 

If you are unable to attend an information session or you have additional questions, please contact Claire at x4543 or at cenickerson@fhsu.edu. Claire can help you locate potential open textbooks and answer questions about copyright, licensing, and making OERs visible and accessible.

References:

  1. Popken, Ben. "College Textbook Prices Have Risen 1,041 Percent Since 1977." NBC News, 6 Aug. 2015. Web. 7 Apr. 2016.

  2. Senak, Ethan. "Fixing the Broken Textbook Market: How Students Respond to High Textbook Costs and Demand Alternatives." The Student PIRGs, Jan. 2014. Web. 7 Apr. 2016.

  3.  

    Fischer, Lane et al. "A Multi-Institutional Study of the Impact of Open Textbook Adoption on the Learning Outcomes of Post-Secondary Students." Journal of Computing in Higher Education 27.3 (2015): 159-172. SpringerLink. Web. 9 Apr. 2016.

     

 

 

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