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Open Educational Resources: Open Textbook Faculty Incentive Programs


Open Textbook Faculty Incentive Program 

The high-cost of textbooks is one of the factors that affects student learning outcomes and student success. Students avoid certain classes, drop a class, or do poorly when they cannot afford the text for a course. Morris Library's Open Textbook Faculty Incentive Program supports students by creating incentives for teaching faculty to use alternative lower-cost educational materials rather than high-cost textbooks. This may include the adoption or adaption of an existing open textbook, or, in some cases, the creation of a new open textbook. Sponsored by Morris Library, a small fund will be available annually.

Interested faculty will be required to submit a proposal. Please go here to submit your proposal: https://forms.gle/Jd9sAGgdbLs3dJmi6

Proposals will be submitted in one of the following tiers:

  • Tier 1 (Adopt)
    • Individual faculty members incorporate an existing open textbook into their course ($500 award).
    • Individual instructors or multi-section course teams of at least two instructors who adopt an existing open textbook(s) for use in multi-section courses (must be two or more sections) ($1,000 award).
  • Tier 2 (Adapt)
    • Individual faculty members adapt an open textbook(s) for a single section course. Must result in the development of new open education materials ($1,500 award).
    • Individual instructors or multi-section course teams of at least two instructors adapt an open textbook(s) for use in multi-section courses (must be two or more sections). Must result in the development of new open education materials ($2,000 award).
  • Tier 3 (Create)
    • Individual faculty members write new open textbook ($3,000 award).
    • Multi-section course teams of at least two instructors write new open textbook ($3,000 award).

Please go here to submit your proposal: https://forms.gle/Jd9sAGgdbLs3dJmi6

Open Textbook Review Incentive Program

A $200 stipend will be available to faculty who review an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library. The allocated funds are available on a first come first serve basis.

Faculty will provide a concise review of an open textbook based on the following criteria: comprehensiveness, content accuracy, relevance, clarity, consistency, modularity, organization, interface, grammatical errors, and cultural relevance. The review will be posted on the Open Textbook Library website under an open license. An OER workshop (see below for current workshop offerings) or a one-on-one consultation with a librarian will be required for faculty who are interested in writing a review.

If you are interested in reviewing an open textbook, please contact Amber Burtis at amber.burtis@siu.edu.