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Affordable Learning @ Cleveland State University: Textbook Affordability Grant


The Michael Schwartz Library, in conjunction with various partners, including the Center for Faculty Excellence and the Center for eLearning, has been offering 3-5 Textbook Affordability Grants for faculty each semester since 2016. The goal of the grant is to encourage and support adoption of openly-licensed course materials in order to save students money and encourage student-centered pedagogy. As of Spring 2021, our grants have saved CSU students approximately $909,800.

Faculty whose projects are selected will receive a $1,000 grant to revise or remix an existing open textbook. Appropriate support to find, adopt, or adapt an existing open educational textbook or other education resources to replace a traditional, high-cost textbook will be provided by the Michael Schwartz Library, the Center for eLearning, and the Center for Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, and the Center for Faculty Excellence. Five awards are available.


Grant Requirements

Faculty awarded a grant will:

  • Complete the project by the end of the following semester or an alternative date to be approved by the grant committee
  • Use the selected or created material for at least two semesters
  • Either attend an open textbook workshop offered by the Michael Schwartz Library and/or Center for Faculty Excellence OR complete the online Open Education module in Blackboard prior to applying for the grant (Textbook Affordability Summer Symposium participants have already met this requirement)
  • Publicly share any course materials developed through this grant under a Creative Commons license
  • Use only grantee-authored, Creative Commons licensed (derivatives authorized), or public domain works in your open educational resource
  • Evaluate the impact on student learning at the end of the course
  • Provide a report to the sponsors at the end of the project
  • Share experience with others through appropriate events or information channels such as the Provost’s Teaching Summit (held each year in April)

Criteria

Applications are judged according to the following criteria:

  • Total dollars saved (price of current course material costs X enrollment)
  • Articulated plan to assess impact and quality of student learning
  • Feasibility that others might adopt for other sections
  • Sustainability (how possible it will be to continue to use the new material(s) over a sustained period of time)
  • Priority will be given to projects that support general education courses attracting significant enrollments
  • Projects that have already received support via a Textbook Affordability Grant are not eligible to receive another grant
  • Visiting professors and graduate students are not eligible to receive a Textbook Affordability Grant

Project Description

    Revise/Remix/Adapt an existing open textbook or other open education resource (OER) and/or create new open content to bridge gaps in available resources. New content may add chapters to existing open textbooks or be used to create ancillaries such as quiz question banks, lecture slides, or lab manuals.
    Goal: to replace a traditional, high-cost textbook with an open textbook, articles, book excerpts, audio, or video that are openly licensed or in the public domain.
    (Grant of $1,000; half up front/remainder upon completion of project.)

Sponsorship/Selection Committee

    This grant is offered by the Michael Schwartz Library in collaboration with the Center for eLearning, Center for Instructional Technology and Distance Learning (CITDL), and the Center for Faculty Excellence. Selection committee members are:

    • Joanne Goodell, Director, Center for Faculty Excellence
    • Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian, OER & Copyright Advisor, Michael Schwartz Library
    • Caryn Lanzo, Director, Center for eLearning
    • David Lodwick, Director, Michael Schwartz Library
    • Barb Loomis, Digital Scholarship Publications & Programs Coordinator, Michael Schwartz Library