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April 17, 2017



Apply now to the K-State Open/Alternative Textbook Fund

By Sarah McGreer Hoyt

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Did you know there are awards of $2,000-$5,000 available for K-State faculty who want to create or adapt open or alternative textbooks for their classrooms? Proposals are due to the K-State Open/Alternative Textbook Fund by Friday, April 28.

Both individual faculty and teams that teach several sections of the same course are eligible to apply.

Applicants do not necessarily have to create an entire open access textbook themselves. In fact, Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative team members can even help you in locating an existing open textbook for your course. Faculty also can decide to use an innovative set of learning resources, which would also 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.

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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