Open Textbook and Open Educational Resource Adoption Project

The UWM Libraries and Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) invite instructors to participate in the Open Textbook/Open Educational Resource Adoption Project.  This grant supports the adoption of open textbooks and open educational resources (OERs) in credit-bearing courses, during the Fall 2017 semester, within three levels:

  • Level 1 – Open textbooks selection and course redesign.
  • Level 2 – Selection and remix of open educational resources (OERs).
  • Level 3 – Open textbook and/or OER adoption across several sections of a large enrollment course with multiple instructors.

Open Textbooks

Recent research has demonstrated that open textbooks– low or no cost alternatives to traditional textbooks– are positively correlated with student success.

Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed. Many are peer reviewed and have already been adopted by multiple institutions.

For more information, see the UWM Libraries guide on open textbooks and open educational resources.

Did You Know…

  • The high cost of some course materials can impede students’ academic success.
  • The College Board estimates that the average undergraduate can expect to pay $1,225 for textbooks and supplies in 2014–15.
  • The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of 4 times inflation.
  • Seven out of 10 students don’t purchase a required textbook during their academic career because of cost.
  • 60% of students have delayed purchasing textbooks until they’ve received their financial aid.

Participation Benefits and Requirements

Level 1 Participation

Instructors will be required to:

  • Review, select, and incorporate an open textbook into a course(s) during the Fall 2017 semester.
  • Complete necessary course modification or course redesign to incorporate the open textbook in a pedagogically effective way.
  • Complete a reflective report to be shared with the campus community that documents the open textbook adoption, course design, and impact.

Participating instructors will receive:

  • Up to $200 (stipend or S&E) upon the successful completion of selection and adoption of an open textbook.
  • Guidance in selecting open educational resources (OERs) that align with course objectives.
  • Pedagogical assistance for incorporating the open textbook and modifying course design/course materials.

Level 2 Participation:

Instructors will be required to:

  • Select and remix open educational resources (OERs) to support course learning objectives.
  • Publish materials as an open textbook for digital access by students within the course. Examples of digital publications are available.
  • Complete necessary course modification or course redesign to incorporate the open textbook in a pedagogically effective way.
  • Incorporate the open textbook into a course(s) during the Fall 2017 semester.
  • Complete a reflective report to be shared with the campus community that documents the open textbook remix, course design, and impact.

Participating instructors will receive:

  • Up to $500 (stipend or S&E) with the successful selection, alteration, publishing and adoption of a remixed open textbook.
  • Guidance in selecting open educational resources (OERs) that align with course objectives.
  • Pedagogical assistance for incorporating the open textbook and modifying course design/course materials.Technical support for publishing open educational resources as a digital open textbook.

Level 3 Participation

Departments will be required to:

  • Facilitate open textbook adoption across a minimum of three sections in a large enrollment course.
  • Revise course materials, organization, and design for sharing among multiple instructors.
  • Incorporate the open textbook into a course(s) during the Fall 2017 semester.

Departments will receive:

  • Up to two awards of $5,000 available for the adoption of an open textbook in multiple sections of a large enrollment course.
  • Guidance in selecting open educational resources (OERs) that align with course objectives.
  • Pedagogical assistance for incorporating the open textbook and modifying course design/course materials.

To apply, complete the following form by Friday, February 3, 2017

For more information about participating in the Open Textbook/Open Educational Resource Adoption Project, please contact Kristin Woodward and Amy Mangrich, at open-textbooks@uwm.edu.

The Open Textbook/Open Educational Resource Adoption Project is made possible by funding from UWM’s Advisory Committee on Educational Technology Fees.