Congratulations UTSA 2023-24 Adopt-a-Free-Textbook faculty grant winners

(JANUARY 17, 2024) — UTSA Libraries announces that seven Adopt-a-Free-Textbook grants have been awarded to 11 faculty members for the 2023-24 academic year for their commitment to adopting or creating free or Open Educational Resource (OER) textbooks as the primary instructional materials in their courses. These grants will result in substantial student savings, totaling $552,686 over the course of the grant period.

Grant Recipients
(L to R) Student workers An Do and Philip Saldivar with grant recipients Sage Bentley, Carolyn Luna, and Stephen Pena

OERs are teaching and learning materials available to students at no cost. These resources, created and tailored by faculty, are openly licensed, allowing for reuse, adaptation and distribution.

Since launching the OER program in 2016, UTSA has awarded 156 faculty grants, representing a minimal investment of $235,000. Generous contributions from supporters such as Scott Sawtelle and Kathleen Curry have played a significant role in sustaining this program. UTSA has led the way among Texas colleges in implementing open educational resources, with the Adopt-a-Free Textbook grant program resulting in over $10 million in student savings.

DeeAnn Ivie, UTSA OER coordinator, emphasized the affordability mindset OER is cultivating at UTSA, stating, “Every year, when we review grant applications to the Adopt-a-Free-Textbook grant program, we are deeply inspired by the passion that UTSA faculty have for textbook affordability. Our faculty are eager to adopt OER to remove the hurdles that traditional textbooks pose for their students. It’s even more heartening to see increasing faculty interest in hand-tailoring OER for their courses, creating more engaging textbooks and fostering deeper student engagement in the UTSA curriculum.”

Grant Recipients
(L to R) Grant recipient Sylvia Fernandez with lecturer Ada Zamarripa and student worker Sara Quinones. (Not pictured: Grant recipients Stephanie Gonzales and Glenn Martinez.)

There were 23 applications submitted across three categories. The design category, which garnered the most interest with 11 applications, highlights faculty enthusiasm for modifying, remixing or authoring their own course textbooks and teaching materials. These grants require more funding, are more time-intensive and require more staff support. The No-Cost category received 10 applications and allows faculty to adopt library e-books, articles or other materials. Finally, with two applications, the Adoption grant category enables faculty to adopt existing OER for their course.

The 2023-2024 OER grant recipients are:

Grant ReceivedFacultyCollegeCourse
DesignCarolyn Luna, Sage Bentley, Stephen PenaCollege of SciencesPrecalculus (MAT 1093)
DesignStephanie Gonzales, Sylvia Fernandez, Glenn MartinezCollege of Liberal and Fine ArtsElementary Heritage Spanish (SPN 1014)
DesignAkanksha MattaCollege of SciencesElementary Organic and Biochemistry (CHE 1014)
DesignCarlo BottoneCollege of Liberal and Fine ArtsIntroductory Latin (LAT 1114)
DesignLacy BartonCollege of SciencesDevelopmental Biology (NDRB 4143)
AdoptionMary DixsonCollege of Liberal and Fine ArtsIntro to Mass Communication (COM 2343)
No-CostWenjing YaoAlvarez College of BusinessBusiness Statistics with Computer Applications (MS 1023)

Faculty can submit their grant applications for the 2024-25 academic year through March 18, 2024.

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