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Open and Alternative Textbooks Initiative

The WSU Open/Alternative Textbook (OAT) Initiative is designed to promote, incentivize, and grow the use of freely-available resources in our classes in an effort to address the rising cost of textbooks and the impact of that expense on our students.  This initiative has been adapted for WSU based on the Open/Alternative Textbook Program that has been implemented at K-State, modified to suit WSU’s particular needs.

The project has two elements:

  • The Open/Alternative Textbook Course Designation: Provides an incentive to faculty based on a $10/student course fee, which will be applied to an approved course that is using Open or Alternative textbooks that have no cost to the students. This money is split between the department offering the course (60%) and the Open or Alternative Textbook grant program (40%).
  • The Open/Alternative Textbook Grant Program: Provides $1,000-5,000 grants to faculty who apply for the grant to write, curate, or contribute to an Open Educational Resource, or other alternative text that can be provided to the students in their course, free of charge. The goal is to recduce the cost to students for materials and texts to $0. These grants are funded by the course fees, but could be supplemented as funds are available.

 

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Open/Alternative Textbook (OAT) Initiative to Reduce Student Expenses

The Open / Alternative Textbook (OAT) initiative is designed to promote, incentivize, and grow the use of freely-available resources in WSU classes to reduce the economic impact of textbook costs on the student body.   

 The project has two elements:

  1. OAT Course Designation: Provides an incentive to faculty based on a $10/student course fee, which will be applied to an approved course that is using Open / Alternative textbooks that have no cost to the students.  This money is split between the department offering the course (60%) and the Open / Alternative Textbook grant program (40%).
  2. OAT Grant Program: Provides $2,000-5,000 grants to faculty who apply for the grant to redesign a course with no-cost resources, or to write or contribute to an open educational resource, or other alternative text that can be provided to the students free of charge. These grants are funded by the course fees.