OER Incentive Program

UH Alternative Textbook Incentive Program: Award Eligibility

Applications for 2018-19 are now closed. We anticipate another round of awards to open in Spring 2019

All UH faculty members who are instructor of record for a Summer 2018, Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 course are eligible to apply for an award ranging from $500 to $2500. Award recipients must implement an open or alternative textbook in their course(s).

Awards will be granted on the basis of:

  • Projected cost savings for students
  • Frequency of course(s) taught
  • Feasibility of successful implementation of plan

Projects not eligible for funding:

  • Commercial e-text versions of an existing print textbook
  • Textbook rentals
  • Existing textbook alternatives already in use by faculty; the proposal must be a new project

Awards of between $500 and $2500 will be made based on overall feasibility of the project and estimated financial impact for students.

Applications will be reviewed and awardees notified by Alternative Textbook Incentive Program Selection Committee in early May 2018.

Expectations for Award Recipients

Replace traditional text in a course taught in Summer 2018, Fall 2018 or Spring 2019 semester with:

  • Adoption, adaption, or creation of an open textbook or other open resource(s)
  • OR

  • Assembly of freely available or library sponsored resources.

Submit a report to the Alternative Textbook Incentive Program Committee upon completion of the course that includes:

  • Final estimate of student savings, with explanation if savings vary dramatically from original application estimate.
  • Analysis of reception of alternative text(s) by students, based on interactions with instructor and student success.
  • Evaluative statement of approximately 500 words describing the experience of teaching with an alternative textbook.

Membership in the Alternative Textbook Incentive Program 2018 cohort. Cohort members may be asked to contribute to future workshops, share their experiences with others, or attend related events.