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K-State Today

October 29, 2015



Receive up to $5,000 through the K-State Open/Alternative Textbook Fund

By Sarah McGreer Hoyt

K-State Libraries announce a call for proposals for the K-State Open/Alternative Textbook Fund. Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Awards from $2,000-$5,000 will be given to K-State faculty who develop or adopt an open or alternative textbook for their course. Proposals are accepted from both individual faculty and from teams that teach several sections of the same course.

Applicants do not necessarily have to create an entire open access textbook themselves. They can decide instead to use an innovative set of learning resources, which eliminate traditional textbook costs. Successful proposals may include the use of a range of resources across any media, creating your own open access textbook, or the adoption and/or customization of an existing open access textbook. Proposal requirements, submission and selection criteria, and examples of open texts already in use are available at the K-State Libraries website.

Awards will be announced by approximately Dec. 16. For questions about the initiative or to discuss approaches applicants can use in their proposal please contact Brian Lindshield, associate professor of human nutrition; Andy Bennett, department head and professor of mathematics; or the Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship, K-State Libraries.