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November 7, 2016

Reminder: Proposals due Friday for Open/Alternative Textbook awards

Submitted by Darchelle Martin

K-State Libraries will accept proposals for the K-State Open/Alternative Textbook Fund until 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 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. 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 at the K-State Libraries website.

Awards will be announced around 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 with K-State Libraries.

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