Submission Form

Alternative Textbook Grant Round II Application (2021-2022 Academic Year)

Deadlines

  1. January 10 - Applicants wishing to participate in the PLC during the Spring 2022 Semester

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Background Information

Thanks to EKU Board of Regents Innovation Grant Funding, the Faculty Senate Open Textbook Committee is able to award up to $50,000 of Textbook Incentive Grants for the second cycle to be awarded during the 2021-2022 Academic Year.


Please note the eligibility requirements for this grant:

  • EKU instructors, including faculty, adjunct faculty, and lecturers  
  • EKU instructors who will be teaching a course in the Spring or Fall of 2022 and currently require a traditional textbook for the course
  • Departments or Programs at EKU considering multiple section adoption of an open educational resource (OER).

Grant Categories

There are three grant categories:


(1) Individual adoption or adaptation of existing OERs (including textbooks, free course content, and/or EKU Libraries’ licensed information resources). Each approved applicant will receive a grant of $1,000.


(2) Individual creation of new open course content in a format (PDF file, Web site, multimedia material, etc.) deemed most appropriate for pedagogical purposes: Each approved applicant will receive a grant of $4,000.


(3) Departmental adoption or adaption of OERs across multiple sections of a course. Preference given to introductory, undergraduate supporting courses, and General Education courses with high enrollments. The department will receive $5,000.

Criteria

Our overall goals are to keep textbook costs as low as possible for the highest number of students and to enhance course quality.

Faculty Applicants

  1. Average enrollment of class (higher is better)*
  2. Current textbook cost
  3. Strength of proposal narrative
  4. Type of course (GenEd is better)
  5. Project scalability and potential applicability to other courses/sections?
  6. Gap in existing OER content that justifies development of a new resource.

Departmental Applicants

  1. Average enrollment of class & number of sections (higher is better)
  2. Current textbook cost
  3. Strength of proposal narrative
  4. Level of course (lower level preferred)
  5. Gap in existing OER content that justifies development of a new resource.

*If the relevant course has no history of enrollment, you are still encouraged to apply. Discuss anticipated enrollment in your narrative.

Requirements of Grantees

1. Professional Development

  • Attend the OER Professional Learning Community (PLC) 

2. Reports 

  • Brief progress report due January 2022. (For reporting back to EKU Regents)
  • After course has been taught, written evaluation of the experience of identifying or creating and using alternate course materials. Provide evidence of improved student learning outcomes, if any (For example, consider giving the same exams/quizzes before and after adopting OER and look for changes? This can also be used for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.)
  • Present at UP Showcase Presentation, Pedagogicon, or departmental showcase following implementation to report outcomes.

3. Access

Support Provided to Grantees

1. Training and professional development in the form of a PLC or DEEP course developed by EKU Libraries and the Faculty Senate Open Textbook Cte.

2. Technical support and guidance provided by EKU Libraries

3. Financial award provided by EKU Regents

Timeline - 2021-2022 Grant Cycle

Fall 2021

September 3, 2021 - Fall 2021 grant application due

September 10, 2021 - Fall 2021 grant awardees announced

September - November, 2021 - Fall 2021 Professional Learning Community (PLC)

Remainder of semester through January – Work individually, consult with facilitators as needed

Spring or Fall 2022 - Adopted/adapted course implementation

Spring 2023 or later - Newly created course material implementation


Spring 2022

January 10, 2022 - Spring 2022 grant application due

January 17, 2022 - Spring 2022 grant awardees announced

February - April, 2022 - Spring 2022 Professional Learning Community (PLC)

Remainder of semester through May – Work individually, consult with facilitators as needed

Fall 2022 or Spring 2023 - Adopted/adapted course implementation

Spring 2023 or later - Newly created course material implementation

Questions?

Questions about the Alternative Textbook Grant should be directed to Kelly Smith (kelly.smith2 at eku.edu).

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