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Announcing 2023 Alternative Textbook Award Winners

University of Houston Libraries is pleased to announce the 2023 recipient cohort of the UH Alternative Textbook Incentive Program (ATIP).

UH instructors applied for an award ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 that would go toward implementation of an open or alternative textbook in a future course. This program incentivizes faculty members to adopt, adapt, or create open educational resources (OER), or use a combination of freely available or library sponsored resources, to replace required traditional textbook(s) and other high-cost learning materials in their courses.

Awards were granted based on the number of students impacted, projected cost savings for students, the type of alternative textbook, and the feasibility of successful implementation.

In this fifth round of ATIP, the application process prioritized new applicants, as well as proposals involving adoption, adaptation, and authorship of open educational resources.

2023 ATIP winners are:

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences:

  • Jose Angel Hernandez – HIST 2367: History of Mexico
  • Lindsey Browne – PSYC 2319: Intro to Social Psychology
  • Melissa Markofski, Seth Rinehart, and Justin Crane – KIN 4370: Exercise Testing and Prescription

Cullen College of Engineering:

  • Mingjian Wen – CHEE 6397: Data-driven Materials Discovery
  • Lu Gao – CNST 6308: Data Analysis in Construction Management

Cullen College of Technology:

  • Ricardo Lent – ELET 4309: Object-oriented Applications Programming

College of Education:

  • Carrie Cutler – CUIN 7397: Play in Early Childhood Mathematics

Projected savings for students in the first year of implementing alternative textbooks in these courses is $82,000, benefiting an estimated 1,000 students.

ATIP was created in 2017 as part of the University’s initiative to mitigate the high cost of textbooks for students. Since then, more UH faculty have been empowered to provide an inclusive, accessible educational experience for UH students through OER.

Learn more about open educational resources at UH.

Special thanks to the members of the 2023 ATIP Review Committee: Veronica Arellano Douglas, Stacie Louie, Sadegh Kazemi, Kate McNally Carter, and Ariana Santiago.

Written by Esmeralda Fisher on October 25th, 2023 and filed under Announcements, Featured, OER