The Textbook Alternative Initiative
This is a pilot program to incentivize faculty members to develop methods, other than traditional textbooks, to deliver course content. The primary goal of the program is to reduce students’ educational expenses. The secondary goal is to enhance pedagogy through the use of innovative course delivery methods. Five (5) grants of $2000 each will be awarded to support the development of cost-saving ways to deliver course content while maintaining or improving the quality of student learning. Faculty are invited to propose how they would redesign a course to exclude the purchase or rental of physical or digital-access textbooks (the use of other e-components is allowed). Existing textbook alternatives already in use by faculty will not be considered. Grants are $2000 per proposal whether faculty apply individually or in groups.
Full-time tenure-track and full-time non-tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply.
Part-time faculty, post-docs, and graduate students are ineligible.
How to apply
Please complete the Grant Application and submit it electronically by Wednesday, April 29, 2015.
A review committee chaired by the Associate Provost for the Division of Lifelong Learning will evaluate applications and make awards based on the following criteria:
- Potential cost savings to students
- The number of students affected (preference will be given to high-enrollment lower-division courses, but proposals involving upper-division and graduate courses will also be considered)
- Sustainability beyond the initial course, including transferability to other courses
- The proposal’s likelihood of being implemented in the semester proposed
- Overall quality of the proposal
Successful applicants will receive half of the award at the beginning of the project and half at the end of the semester in which the project has been implemented.
Awardees will be asked to submit a brief report to Provost Hecker and Associate Provost LaRocque at the end of the semester in which the project has been implemented. This report should answer the following questions:
- What outcomes have you observed (or measured) from using the textbook alternative used in your course? (For example: effects on pedagogy, course structure, discussions, student interactions, assignments, or overall student learning.) What outcomes, if any, have your students observed? Please address both positive and negative outcomes as applicable.
- Would you use this alternative again? Why or why not? If you would use it again, would you be willing to make it available to other faculty?
- Please share any other feedback you think is appropriate/relevant.
Please direct questions about the application process or the review committee’s timetable to Monique LaRocque (1-3113) and questions about budgeting and reimbursement to Hector Rastrullo (1-1615). Thank you.
The Textbook Alternative Initiative is funded by the Offices of the President and the Provost and is administered by the Provost, with the Associate Provost for the Division of Lifelong Learning serving in an advisory capacity.