Incentive Program

Alternative Textbook Incentive Program (ATIP)

UH Libraries, in collaboration with the UH Office of the Provost, offers incentives for instructors to adopt OER. Award recipients must implement an open or alternative textbook in their course(s). In exchange for using an open or alternative textbook in their course(s), the ATIP offers monetary incentives for instructors that can be used for any purpose.

The goal of the program is to support student success by ensuring UH students have free and immediate access to course materials. Since 2018, ATIP has impacted over ten thousand UH students, resulting in an estimated $1.1M in cost savings by eliminating textbook costs. 

ATIP is designed to support:

  • Adoption of existing no-cost resources
  • Modification/adaptation of existing OER
  • Creation of OER, particularly open ancillary materials, e.g., lecture slides, test banks, quizzes, lesson plans, videos, etc. 

This program is not intended to support authorship and publication of new open textbooks. Those interested in publishing open textbooks can indicate their interest to oer@uh.edu to be notified of future opportunities. 

Eligibility

All UH instructors of record are eligible for ATIP.

Accepted proposals will replace a required traditional textbook(s) in a course with a no-cost or low-cost alternative textbook, which may include:

  • Adoption, adaptation, or creation of open educational resources (OER)
  • Assembly of library sponsored or freely-available resources
  • A combination of OER, library sponsored or freely-available resources

Awards

Awards will range from $1,000 to $5,000. ATIP awards are taxable income.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used in selecting awardees and determining award amounts:

  • Total students impacted: projected enrollment and frequency of course(s) taught
  • Projected cost savings for students: new purchase price for the current required textbook(s) used in the course
  • Feasibility of successful implementation of plan
  • Overall quality and clarity of application

The following will also be considered:

  • Cost of alternative textbook: preference for $0 required course materials
  • Timeline to implementation/adoption: preference for shorter over longer
  • Type of project: those requiring modification/creation of OER may receive higher funding
  • Individuals versus groups: group applications may receive higher funding

Expectations of Award Recipients:

  • Replace a required traditional textbook(s) in a course with a no-cost or low-cost alternative textbook, which may include:
    • Adoption, adaptation, or creation of open educational resources (OER)
    • Assembly of library sponsored or freely-available resources
    • A combination of OER, library sponsored or freely-available resources
  • Meet with the OER Coordinator at least once to discuss project plan prior to implementing the alternative textbook
  • Distribute a survey to students in the course(s) in which the alternative textbook is implemented
  • Submit a syllabus and report upon completion of the course that includes: final student enrollment; analysis of reception of alternative text(s) by students; and an evaluation of the experience of teaching with an alternative textbook
  • Report the open or alternative textbook adoption to the UH Bookstore. Adoptions can be reported via Follett Discover. For assistance, please contact Samantha Eades, Store Manager, or Rebecca Thorpe, Course Materials Manager.

For original content created as part of ATIP, award recipients are expected to:

  • License with an open license (Creative Commons)
  • Maximize the accessibility of resources created
  • Archive in Cougar ROAR, UH’s open access institutional repository
  • Submit to an OER repository, such as OERTX 

Support provided through UH Libraries:

  • Incentive award ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. One half will be distributed upon acceptance, and one half will be distributed upon the submission of the project report. The award can be used for any purpose.
  • Individual consultations and training resources to support project
  • Assistance searching for open educational resources and library materials
  • Copyright and Creative Commons licensing guidance
  • Course Reserves support for making library materials available in Blackboard
  • Assistance archiving work in Cougar ROAR
  • Access to Pressbooks, UH’s platform for OER publishing, and assistance in publishing OER created using Pressbooks

Apply

Apply for the Alternative Textbook Incentive Program

Application deadline: Friday October 22, 2021

Applicants will be notified of acceptance in December 2021.

View an ATIP Information Session recording and slides.

If you have questions about the program, or would like to discuss your alternative textbook project before applying, please contact Ariana Santiago at oer@uh.edu.