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Alternative Textbooks: Grant Instructions

Application Questions

The application is available online, and you will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Basic Information
    • Name
    • Email address
    • Position/rank
    • College
    • Department
  • Course information
    • Class prefix and number (e.g. MATH1113)
    • Title of the class
    • Catalog description
    • First semester your alternative textbook solution will be implemented
    • Number of sections you will be teaching
    • Number of sections of the course taught by others
      • Will any of them be using this textbook alternative?
      • If so, please include these instructors' names
    • Is the course taught every semester?
    • Course enrollment – maximum and expected
    • Is this is a new course?
  • Resource(s) being replaced
    • Title(s)
    • Author(s)
    • ISBN(s)
    • Retail cost (from Amazon)
    • Link to item on Amazon.com
  • Granting category in which you fall (see for additional information):
    • Creation
    • Modification
    • Adoption
    • Library Resources
  • Alternative(s) to be implemented: Discuss the materials you are planning to use to replace a traditional textbook (if you would like a consultation on available materials, please contact Jen WallerCody Taylor, or your liaison librarian).
  • Project Details
    • How will students access the alternative content? If delivering content via the web, what hosting platform do you plan to use?
  • Concerns: What are your greatest concerns about adopting an alternative textbook solution (both for yourself and or your students)?
  • Assessment: How will the effectiveness of the new course materials be assessed? Check all that apply
    • Using a supplemental end of semester student evaluation
    • Using a survey I create
    • By comparing assignment grades and/or test scores
    • By comparing grade distributions to previous semesters
    • Using another method, described below
  • How did you hear about this initiative?

If you have any questions about the application process, finding open materials for your course, or library resources for courses, contact Jen Waller or Cody Taylor, or your liaison librarian.

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 4: 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 3: 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 2: 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

CATEGORY 1: LIBRARY RESOURCES
Those who use library resources to replace their existing textbook may be assembling a reading list or an already-available ebook in the Libraries' collection. Grantees in this category will receive the following services from the OU Libraries' staff:

  • Funding
  • Orientation workshop
  • Services of a librarian liaison

Grantees in the LIBRARY RESOURCES 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 the experience of implementing an alternative textbook (blog posts, panel discussions, etc.)
  • Attend an orientation workshop