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April 14, 2021

Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative information session Friday, application deadline April 23

Submitted by Cailin Riley

The Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative panel will host the last information session of spring on Friday, April 16. This is a great opportunity for instructors to learn about how to apply for funds to create their own open/alternative classroom materials and save students money. The virtual session will also cover application requirements and selection criteria.

The Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative provides grants to K-State faculty and instructors to help them develop or adopt alternatives to traditional print textbooks. Students can then look for the open/alternative textbook icon in the course schedule to find classes using these affordable resources.

Grants are funded through donor support and a portion of the $10 fee paid by students. The program has saved K-State students $6.8 million in the last six years. During this year's All In for K-State campaign, more than $500,000 was raised to support additional grants. The final date to submit applications for an Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative grant this spring is Friday, April 23. All K-State faculty and instructors who teach a course at K-State can apply for an award ranging between $2,000 and $5,000. 

To learn more about how to join this event, please visit the Libraries event calendar. To learn more about the Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative, you can visit the initiative's webpage.