University of Houston Libraries is now accepting applications for the UH Alternative Textbook Incentive Program (ATIP). Since its launch in 2018, ATIP has helped over 18,500 UH students save approximately $2.5 million in textbook costs. Now in its sixth year, the program is expanding to support projects across two categories of engagement with open and affordable learning materials: textbook affordability and open educational practices.
- For Textbook Affordability proposals, instructors can receive awards to replace a commercial textbook in their courses by adopting, modifying, or creating open educational resources (OER) or no-cost alternative resources, such as library licensed or freely available resources. Awards in this category will range from $1,000 to $5,000 based on the estimated cost savings for students, projected number of students impacted, type of alternative textbook proposed, overall feasibility of the proposal, and scope and type of project proposed.
- For Open Educational Practices proposals, instructors can receive funds for either creating openly licensed learning objects, or replacing a traditional assignment with a renewable assignment. Awards in this category will range from $500 to $2,000 based on the project goals, overall feasibility of the proposal, cost of course materials, and scope and type of project proposed.
The deadline for ATIP applications is Friday, March 22, 2024. Instructors are encouraged to apply by March 1 to receive feedback and the opportunity to revise and resubmit their application if desired. Group applicants are welcome in either category.
Open educational resources (OER) are teaching and learning resources in the public domain or that have been licensed in such a way that allows anyone to freely use and re-purpose them. OER can serve as alternatives to expensive traditional textbooks and learning materials. When faculty shift to freely accessible and openly licensed teaching and learning tools, more students will have access to course materials. In addition, OER materials can be customized to directly meet learner needs. Open educational practices (OEP) leverage OER and/or open pedagogy to empower students as knowledge creators, center the student experience, and create inclusive learning environments. OEP can take the form of renewable assignments, in which students are invited to create openly licensed resources so that others can freely use, adapt, and build upon them. Renewable assignments enable students to create meaningful work that can live on and continue to evolve outside of the classroom.
ATIP aligns with the University’s strategic goal of providing a top tier, inclusive educational experience to all UH students. By removing additional costs associated with commercial course materials or subscription services, ATIP improves access to affordable education.
Interested applicants are encouraged to attend an upcoming information session and other professional development opportunities to learn about the incentive program and the benefits of open education.
Faculty and instructors may also make an appointment with the Open Education Services Department to discuss implementing open textbooks in the classroom and the support provided through the incentive program.
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