Eligibility | Application Process | Review Procedure and Criteria
The University of Kentucky Libraries invites faculty to apply for a grant in support of replacing traditional commercial textbooks with affordable learning materials. A total of 10 grants will be awarded to successful applicants who propose to use open textbooks, free course content, and/or UK Libraries’ licensed information resources as alternative textbooks for their courses. Faculty can find such resources by:
Ready to apply? Click here to access the proposal form. Applications are accepted through March 31, 2023.
The goals of the Alternative Textbook Grant Program are:
According to the Student PIRGs, “sixty-five percent of students have skipped buying a textbook at some point because of cost, and each year, $3 billion of federal student aid goes to pay for textbooks.” The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated the financial and technological barriers to accessing learning materials. To redress the situation, governments and higher education institutions in North America have promoted the use of open educational resources (OER) to ensure students’ access to course materials and make higher education more affordable. An analysis of research published between 2015 and 2018 notes that “students achieve the same or better learning outcomes when using OER while saving significant amounts of money” and that “the majority of faculty and students who have used OER had a positive experience and would do so again.”
To support student success, UK Libraries is committed to working with faculty to identify and provide access to affordable replacements for traditional textbooks. In addition to financial support, UK Libraries’ academic liaisons are available for consultation on identifying open textbooks, free course content, and UK Libraries’ licensed information resources. Assistance with the selection of an online platform for content delivery will be available to grant recipients who are going to create new open course content.
Please note that no more than 10 grants in total will be awarded regardless of the fund amount allocated to each grant.
Alternative Textbook Grant Program proposals should be submitted using this proposal form. Applicants will be asked to provide:
For Grant Category 1 applicants only:
Awareness of a potential alternative textbook for the course and/or experience with assigning an alternative textbook to a course (if applicable)
For Grant Category 2 and 3 applicants only:
Experience with developing and creating new (or revised) course content (if applicable)
Format of the new (or revised) course content, e.g., PDF file, website, multimedia material, etc.
Anticipated need for assistance in the content creation (or revision) process, e.g., instructional design, production platform, proofreading, layout-editing, etc. (if applicable)
Review Procedure and Criteria:
The Alternative Textbook Grant Program Advisory Board will review all proposals based on these criteria:
Outcomes of the Program will be shared with the UK community via campus media outlets.
For the assessment of the Program, grant recipients have to provide the following information using an online form created by UK Libraries:
For Grant Category 2 recipients only: A description of the revised open course content **
To assist UK Libraries with a better understanding of students’ perceptions of alternative textbooks, grant recipients will agree to forward a UK Libraries online evaluation form to students enrolled in the courses taught with the grant-funded alternative textbooks from August 2023 through December 2024.
** For Grant Category 2 and 3 recipients, they will agree to make their new open course content freely available online with a Creative Commons license of their choice via UK’s institutional repository (UKnowledge). UK Libraries will provide assistance with the use of Creative Commons licenses and the deposit of the open course content in UKnowledge.
Questions about the Alternative Textbook Grant Program should be directed to Jennifer Hootman.