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Alternative Textbooks: Grant Instructions

2018 Alternative Textbook Grant Application

The Alternative Textbook Grant application is live! Please apply!

Application Questions

The application asks you to provide the following information:

Basic Information

  1. Name
  2. Email address
  3. Position/Rank
  4. College
  5. Department
  6. Name of departmental administrator for accounting
  7. Department/Account number (for grant fund transfer)
  8. Short personal bio
  9. If awarded the grant, will you be available in late April – May, 2018 to attend a grantee workshop?

Course Information

  1. Class prefix and number (e.g. PHIL 1113)
  2. Title of class (e.g. Introduction to Logic)
  3. Catalog description
  4. Semester alternative textbook will first be implemented (must choose from Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019)
  5. Is this the first time the course is being taught?
  6. Please describe the rotation/schedule of this course and its instructors. We are looking for information about how often this course is taught, how many sections are offered each semester, how frequently you teach it, and how frequently this resource will be used in this class. Please include other instructors' names who will be using this resource.
  7. Maximum enrollment (per section)
  8. Expected enrollment (per section)

Resource(s) Being Replaced

  1. Title
  2. Author(s)
  3. ISBN
  4. Retail cost ("new" price from Amazon)
  5. Amazon.com link to resource
  6. Replacing more than one resource?

Implementation Category

  1. Select the implementation category that best fits your project. Alternatively, select all that apply
    1. Creation 
    2. Modification
    3. Adoption
  2. Please discuss in detail the materials you are planning to use to replace a traditional textbook.

Project Details

  1. How will students access the alternative content If delivering content via the web, what hosting platform do you plan to use?
  2. What are your greatest concerns about adopting an alternative textbook solution (for both yourself and for your students)?
  3. How will the effectiveness of the new course materials be assessed? Select all that apply:
    1. Using a supplemental end of semester student evaluation
    2. Using a survey I create
    3. By comparing assignment grades and/or test scores
    4. By comparing grade distributions to previous semesters
    5. Using another method, described below
  4. How did you hear about this initiative
  5. If you are a staff member at OU-Norman, please upload a statement of support for your proposed project from your department chair.

 

Grant Category Explanations

OU Libraries' staff will assist all Alternative Textbook Grantees with their projects as appropriate and within their ability.  Additional services are offered to grantees based on their OER project implementation category.  Those services are listed below along with expectations of grantees. Please select the category that best suits the project you have in mind. You may also want to view the Grant Support and Services page for a quick view of this information.

CATEGORY 3: CREATION
Those who create a resource may be creating it from scratch or will be heavily modifying an existing resource. Grantees in this category will receive the following services from the OU Libraries' staff:

  • Funding
  • Orientation workshop
  • Creative Commons License support
  • Print on demand services
  • Copyright clearance assistance
  • Stable repository platform for version archiving
  • Assistance modifying existing OER
  • Workflow for authoring and publishing
  • Cover design
  • DOI
  • ISBN
  • Services of a project manager
  • Services of a librarian liaison

Grantees in the CREATION category will be expected to do the following in exchange for funding:

  • Provide OU Libraries' access to student feedback on the alternative textbook (not the course or the professor)
  • Be willing to share experience of implementing an alternative textbook (e.g. blog posts, panel discussions, etc.)
  • Attend an orientation workshop
  • Follow licensing terms on any resources used
  • Apply a Creative Commons License (of author's choice) to the resource(s) they create
  • Upload their resource to OU's institutional repository, SHAREOK
  • Use the publishing workflow provided provided by OU Libraries

CATEGORY 2: MODIFICATION
Those who adapt or modify a resource will perhaps be combining several existing resources. This may consist of compiling several chapters from a few existing open resources with a few editorial modifications. Grantees in this category will receive the following services from the OU Libraries' staff:

  • Funding
  • Orientation workshop
  • Creative Commons License support
  • Print on demand services
  • Copyright clearance assistance
  • Stable repository for version archiving
  • Assistance modifying existing OER
  • DOI
  • Services of a project manager
  • Services of a librarian liaison

Grantees in the MODIFICATION category will be expected to do the following in exchange for funding:

  • Provide OU Libraries' access to student feedback on the alternative textbook itself (not the course or the professor)
  • Be willing to share experience of implementing an alternative textbook (e.g. blog posts, panel discussions, etc.)
  • Attend an orientation workshop
  • Follow licensing terms on any resources used
  • Apply the appropriate Creative Commons License to the resource(s) they create
  • Upload their resource to OU's institutional repository, SHAREOK

CATEGORY 1: ADOPTION
Those who adopt a resource will be using an existing resource as-is, or perhaps using significant portions of existing resources requiring minimal editorial changes. Grantees in this category will receive the following services from the OU Libraries' staff:

  • Funding
  • Orientation workshop
  • Creative Commons License support
  • Print on demand services
  • Stable repository for version archiving
  • Services of library liaison

Grantees in the ADOPTION category will be expected to do the following in exchange for funding:

  • Provide OU Libraries access to student feedback on the alternative textbook itself (not the course or the professor)
  • Be willing to share experience of implementing an alternative textbook (blog posts, panel discussions, etc.)
  • Attend an orientation workshop
  • Follow licensing terms on any resources used
  • Upload their resource to OU's institutional repository, SHAREOK