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K-State Today

March 5, 2020

Fall 2019 Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative award recipients

Submitted by Cailin Riley

During fall 2019, six K-State faculty in five disciplines joined the ranks of instructors making a university education more affordable.

Rather than assigning a traditional, expensive textbook, they explored the option of low or no-cost open or alternative textbooks, supporting the endeavors of K-State's Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative. Since it was established in 2013, the Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative has saved K-State students nearly $5 million dollars.

The awards of $2,000-$5,000 will allow the recipients to create, adopt or adapt open or alternative classroom materials for their courses.

The following faculty members are fall 2019 award recipients:

• Robert Bear, senior instructor, and Eve McCulloch, teaching assistant professor, both in biology, BIOL101.

• Shing Chang, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering, IMSE641.

• Andres Patrignani, assistant professor of agronomy, AGRON935 D.

• Deepak Subramony, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, EDCI864.

• Kutay Guler, assistant professor of interior architecture & industrial design, IAPD409.

As was announced Feb. 29, the initiative will be the beneficiary of this year's All In Campaign on March 25, which will allow even more grants to be awarded to K-State professors. Instructors are encouraged to submit applications by the priority deadline of noon March 23 to receive grants awarded on March 25. Additional applications can be submitted by April 20 at noon to receive a second round of grant awards.

For questions about the initiative or to learn how you can make the switch to open or alternative resources, 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 at K-State Libraries.

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