Replacing Textbooks with Open Educational Resources
Development Stipends of $2,250 Available to Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts
DEADLINE: January 27, 2014
The College of Liberal Arts seeks proposals from faculty interested in using free and open digital resources to enhance existing undergraduate courses. Successful proposals will replace one or more traditional books with free and open digital resources, thereby increasing engagement and reducing costs for our students.
Note: most proposals supported will be for traditional, face-to-face or hybrid courses, not for fully online courses. The goal of this program is to use technology to enhance traditional learning, not to replace it.
What free digital resources will be acceptable?
Any that you find valuable and useful will be acceptable. Here are some digital resources that have been used by others:
- Free and complete online textbooks from the University of Minnesota’s Open Textbook Library and from Rice University’s OpenStax
- E-Books and E-Journals from our own J.D. Williams Library
- Open Learning Materials at Carnegie Mellon University
- Lectures and Readings from iTunes U
- Open Yale Courses
- Public archives like The Whitman Archive
- MIT OpenCourseWare
- The Avalon Document Project from Yale
- Lectures and Readings from Academic Earth
- Videos and Transcripts from the C-Span Video Library
- Lectures from OpenLearn
- Modules from Connexions at Rice University
- OpenCourseWare from UMass Boston
- Modules and Readings from Education Portal
- Free e-books from Project Gutenberg
Faculty with successful proposals will conduct their research and planning during the spring and summer of 2014, with new course materials being first used during the 2014- 2015 academic year. Faculty will be asked to teach the course at least twice using the newly adopted materials.
Faculty will be encouraged to compile their adopted digital resources within Blackboard. This will ensure that students have constant access to the gathered links and materials.
How do I submit a proposal?
Both tenure-track and instructional faculty are encouraged to submit proposals.
Proposals will be judged on potential to increase student engagement and to reduce student expenses. Preference will be given to proposals affecting multi-sectioned courses and/or courses with large enrollments.
Faculty members whose proposals are chosen will receive a $2,250 development stipend.
Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, January 27, 2014. Submit by e-mail to email@example.com and include the following information:
- Name, title, and department
- Course number and title
- Typical enrollment of course and frequency taught
- ISBN of book or books to be replaced
- Description of digital resources that might be utilized
- Discussion of how these digital resources might improve your course and/or student engagement