Open textbook call for proposals

Post Date:
Oct 25, 2018

International Open Access Week is October 22 – 28, 2018, and this seems like the perfect time to announce a funding opportunity in support of the creation and use of open and affordable course materials here at Queen’s.

To support instructors in creating new open textbooks and adapting existing ones for Queen’s courses, Queen’s University Library is coordinating the development of open textbook services in partnership with faculties and other units across campus. Funding for the current call for proposals is provided by the library and the Campus Bookstore. Advancing open education is a priority at the library and at Queen’s. and along with provincial, national and international partners, we have been working to leverage digital opportunities to advance innovative, cost-effective scholarly communication models in a global knowledge commons.

The 2018 call for proposals will award up to seven grants to instructors. Three grants of up to $7,500 each will support the development of a new open textbook in an undergraduate course. Four grants of $800 each will be for the adaptation of an existing open textbook for use in an upcoming course or program.

Last year funding was issued by the Open and Affordable Course Materials Working Group, and supported by the Provost's Advisory Committee on Teaching and Learning to facilitate the creation of open educational resources here at Queen's. Three new open textbooks were created and according to last year's authors' estimates approximately $56,000 of savings per year were realized for Queen's students.

For more details about the first and second call for proposals, please see the article in the Queen’s Gazette.

Find out more and apply for funds online. The submission deadline is November 30, 2018.

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