UTSA Libraries welcomes submissions for Adopt a Free Textbook Faculty Grants. Adopt-a-Free-Textbook grants are generously funded by the UTSA Libraries and The Peggy and Taylor Eighmy Student Success Fund. The grant is designed to support adoption and adaption of open educational resources in at least one course.
There are two types available:
- Individual: $1,000 for a faculty member to adopt a free textbook in one course
- Group: $1,500 - $7,000 (calculated based on number of students impacted) for faculty to adopt a free textbook in a course (minimum 3 instructor collaboration or all instructors for a course)
Award funds can be used for professional travel or to purchase materials/supplies. Recipients will work with staff from the UTSA Libraries to pay for travel or reimburse expenses. Funds may not be used as a salary supplement.
- Applicants must be the instructor of record in the course
- Grants are open to all faculty (including non tenure-track)
Applications will be judged by the following criteria:
- Number of students affected (based on average enrollment over the 2017-18 academic year)
- Current new textbook cost for the course
- D/F/W rate for the course (based on average over the 2017-18 academic year)
Grantees will be expected to:
- Collaborate with a librarian to identify a free textbook (or other open materials) for their course.
- Adopt a free textbook for the identified course, replacing an existing textbook. For group grants, the free textbook should be used by a minimum of 3 instructors teaching the same course.
- Complete a course impact report that includes a final syllabus, assessment, student evaluations of the textbook, analysis and future plans based on findings, and anonymous data on grades, including D/F/W rates.
- Share their experience using a free textbook with colleagues by participating in an open educational resources workshop as a panelist.
- Commit to adopting a free textbook for the identified course for a minimum of four semesters, including the pilot semester.
Grant application deadline: March 18, 2019.
For more information or questions, please contact DeeAnn Ivie, Open Education Coordinator.