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FAQ for Faculty


If I want to use OER materials for more than one course, how do I handle that in the application process? 

‚ÄčTo maintain clarity in our application process, please fill out one grant application per course.

Is there anything you will not consider for the Alternative Textbook grants?

All grant proposals should reflect a new project. We will not consider commercial e-book versions of an existing textbook, existing textbook alternatives used by faculty, or textbook rentals.

What do you consider adaptation of OER materials?

Adaptation involves identifying existing OER and modifying it to reflect local needs, updated information, or creating ancillary materials to pair with an existing OER that will enhance the learning experience.

What are the levels of funding for Alternative Textbook grants?

  • Adoption of an existing open textbook. This is our lowest level of funding and does not require a budget submission - grant funds of up to $1,500 would be supplemental salary for the time to re-work your syllabus to incorporate a new, open textbook.

  • Adaptation of an existing open textbook. This would be the adoption of a textbook written by someone else and licensed openly, to which you would either add content, adapt content to reflect local teaching, or re-order content. This would not require a budget submission - grant funds of up to $1,500 would be supplemental salary to reflect the time to both adopt the new textbook and to adapt it to your pedagogical needs. 

  • Creation of either a new open textbook or of new supplementary open teaching materials (this could include test banks, videos, etc.). Grant funds of up to $3,000 for supplemental salary can be awarded, and the committee will also consider funding requests for an additional budget if needed.

When should I include a budget with my Alternative Textbook grant proposal?

Budgets should be included for the creation of new textbooks or supplementary materials which require funds for materials or ongoing technical support. Budgets are not required for hours spent on the project.  

How are the Alternative Textbook grant proposals reviewed?

Grant applications are reviewed based on projected cost savings to students, pedagogical innovation, sustainable and/or cross-institutional impact, and ability to succeed with intended goals.

What do I do with the OER materials I create as part of my Alternative Textbook project?

Materials that you create as part of UW's Alternative Textbook grants must be deposited in Mountain Scholar, the University's institutional repository. For specific questions related to this process email