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K-State Today

October 3, 2016



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

By Sarah McGreer Hoyt

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K-State Libraries announce a call for proposals for the K-State Open/Alternative Textbook Fund. Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11.

Awards ranging 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.

Information sessions on the initiative will be from 8-9 a.m. and again 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, in 407 Hale Library. If you are unable to attend at this time, please let us know of your preferred days and times via an online poll.

Applicants do not necessarily have to create an entire open access textbook themselves. In fact, initiative team members can even help you in locating an already established open textbook for your course. Faculty also can decide 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 on the K-State Libraries website

Awards will be announced by approximately Dec. 16. For questions about the initiative, assistance with locating or editing your resource 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. 

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