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Open Textbook Grants

Apply for an Open Textbook Grant

Supported by the Library Services Fund, we welcome faculty members to consider using an open textbook in their classrooms. The beauty of open education is that learning materials can be adapted or customized to meet the needs of the course content, learning objectives, and accessibility standards, and to foster inclusivity and diversity. Open textbooks are free for students.

  • Enhance access to learning materials and reduce textbook costs for students
  • Provide both financial support and accompanying services to faculty members in adopting, customizing, or creating open textbooks
  • Develop an educational community that supports open access, student-centred learning, and the OER movement

 

Adopt grants (up to $1,000) - Identify and adopt an existing open textbook with minor changes if needed

Customize grants (up to $5,000) - Identify and customize an existing open textbook (e.g., add/remove/remix content, provide local examples)

Create grants (up to $10,000) - Produce a new open textbook. Create grants are limited to one awarded per academic year

Open to all full-time and part-time Concordia University faculty teaching undergraduate courses, including online courses. Concordia students are welcome to seek out professors who might be interested in leading an open textbook grant project. Department collaborations on multi-section courses are welcome. 

* Recipients can only hold one grant at a time.

*** CUPFA member grant recipients may be eligible for Extra Duties Contracts to support their contributions and work on OER customize and create textbook projects.

  • Cost saving to students

  • Improves teaching and learning

  • Feasible scope and timeline

  • Aligns with expectations of grant recipients

Funding is primarily directed towards hiring Concordia undergraduate students to assist with the adoption, customization, or creation processes. This work may include helping to identify and evaluate resources, developing and adding content in Pressbooks, implementing accessibility standards, implementing interactive content, and providing teaching support using the open textbook in class. Concordia University HR policies and protocols must be followed. Grants cannot be used for travel or equipment.

 

  • The Open Textbook be piloted in an existing course with a Creative Commons licence suited to OER (CC0; CC BY 4.0; CC BY-SA 4.0; CC BY NC 4.0; CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) and which respects the licensing terms of the source open textbook that was adopted or customized.
  • To respect the copyrights of third-party content and provide appropriate attribution.
  • To comply with eligible expenses and HR policies and protocols for hiring Concordia students, (requirement to hire at least one undergraduate student because of the Library Services Fund (LSF) funding of the grant).
  • To use Concordia University’s instance of Pressbooks as the platform for disseminating the Open Textbook for use in Concordia University classrooms and elsewhere.
  • To make the Open Textbook live following accessibility standards and include an accessibility statement.
  • Submit a final report on the piloted use of the Open Textbook, including student feedback.

 

The Winter semester 2024 submission period for Adopt grants of $1,000 and Customize grants of $5,000 coincides with Open Education Month in March 2024. Successful applicants will be notified by April 30, 2024.

Start with an open textbook that already exists

With the growth of OER, there may already be an open textbook that exists out there, which can be adapted and augmented. Undergraduate students at Concordia University contribute biannually to potential pairings between their courses and existing open textbooks. Students are contributing to: OER Discipline Resource Guide: Concordia University Library - 2nd edition.

Draw inspiration from your peers

Concordia professors are becoming increasingly involved in the world of open educational resources. Find out about:

Your librarians are here to help

Faculty members interested in applying for our open textbook grants or curious about adopting, customizing, and creating open textbooks are welcome to join Rachel Harris, Scholarly Publishing Librarian for a 45-minute consultation. Your subject librarian is also an excellent contact person.

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