Joyner Library Alternative Textbook Program Guidelines
.Joyner Library seeks applications from ECU faculty to participate in its pilot alternative textbook program. Alternative texts may include open textbooks, library subscription materials, and other free materials. Ten stipends of up to $1,000 each will be awarded to faculty who are interested in incorporating these materials into their classroom to reduce textbook costs for their students.
Proposals will be accepted until March 1, 2016. A committee consisting of librarians and departmental faculty will select the recipients. Awarded faculty will be notified by April 1, 2016, so that they will have ample time to select or create alternative course materials and integrate them into their syllabi for fall 2016 classes. Funded faculty will have a personal librarian to work with during this period to assist with identifying potential course materials and answering copyright questions.
For more information about the alternative textbook program at ECU, please contact the Scholarly Communication Department at email@example.com. A variety of alternative textbooks and open educational resources (OER) can be found on Joyner Library’s OER guide.
Two informational sessions will be held in the Office for Faculty Excellence (Joyner Library) on Thursday, January 28th at 10:00 a.m. (http://bit.ly/InfoSession1) and Wednesday, February 10th at 1:00 p.m. (http://bit.ly/InfoSession2). For more information or to apply, please visit Joyner Library’s website (http://bit.ly/AlternativeTexts) or contact the Scholarly Communication Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All full time ECU faculty members teaching during the 2016-2017 academic year are eligible to apply. Courses can be undergraduate or graduate classes. Additionally, they can be on-campus or distance education courses. Extra weight will be given to courses with 100 students or more, ECU Foundation courses, and/or distance education courses.
The award committee will evaluate proposals using the following criteria:
- 100-300 word narrative describing your project goals, student outcomes, and interest in using alternative texts
- Total projected number of students and/or total projected cost savings for students for fall semester of 2016
- Adoption of course materials by the start of the fall semester of 2016
- Course offered during the fall semester of 2016
- Creative Commons license for created materials
- Use of library subscription materials (if applicable)
- Sustainability of project after the awarded semester
- Interested faculty must complete the online application (form listed below)
- Awarded faculty agree to provide written feedback on their experiences of using alternative texts.
- Faculty will be asked to share their experiences with the ECU community in a panel presentation during spring 2017, if possible
- New textbooks that are written as a result of this program must be deposited in an appropriate repository, like MERLOT, and include a Creative Commons license.
Proposals are due by March 1, 2016