Simple Access + Valuable E-textbooks = S.A.V.E. Project
Requirements | Disbursement | Application Form | Open Textbook Resources
UTPB has a well-established record of providing its students with a high quality academic experience at an exceptional value. In this tradition UTPB is offering a faculty initiative designed to offer our students customized and more affordable course materials, the SAVE Project.
-textbook Project is a program to encourage and reward full-time UTPB faculty to develop and offer students personalized and engaging course materials that are more mobile and affordable than traditional textbooks. These faculty-authored textbooks would draw from open access sources and other low-cost online resources in order to provide students with high-quality digital course materials at costs far lower than traditional textbooks. We are particularly interested in proposals from faculty and teams of faculty for materials that can be used in high-enrollment online general education courses—those that can impact large numbers of students.
The first e-textbooks will release to students in the Spring of 2016. Please review the detailed guidelines and application procedures below and consider submitting a project. Proposals from individual faculty and faculty teams are all welcome.
Call for proposals is open twice a year. The first round of proposals opens April 15, 2015. The submission deadline for completed applications is September 10th. Announcements of awards will release the first of October. The second round of proposals opens January 15, 2016. Submission deadlines for the second round is April 15, 2016. Announcements of next set of awards will be announced in mid-May.
All full-time UTPB Faculty are eligible to apply for project grants of $2000 - $5000 each for individual projects and up to $10,000 for team projects for multiple section general education courses.
Material not eligible for the fund include:
- commercial e-text versions of an existing print textbook;
- textbook rentals;
- existing textbook alternatives already in use by faculty; must be a new project.
Applications will be reviewed by the Alternative Textbook Initiative Committee.
Winning proposals will be based on:
- Quality and strength of the application and how well it meets the requirements;
- Potential savings to UTPB students;
- Enrollment and class size with preference given to high enrollment and general education courses;
- Transferability of the project to sections taught by other faculty. Is there a consensus among the discipline faculty regarding the project?
- Sustainability beyond the initial course;
- Ability to produce a quality product organized and narrated by the faculty; faculty authored materials are encouraged;
- Relevant copyright issues addressed. Refer to J Dunagan Library web site;
- Well-articulated evaluation plan;
- Ability to be implemented in the Spring 2016 semester.
Evaluation Reports and Sharing
Award recipients are required to submit short evaluations reflecting on their experience implementing their open/alternative textbook and the outcomes after each semester. Evaluations will be due approximately a month after the course is taught. All grant recipients are also required to meet at the end of the academic year to compare experiences, share findings, and make recommendations concerning the program.
For funded proposals, it is our intention to distribute one-fourth upon receipt of award letter, one-fourth of award at the completion of the project, and the remaining one-half after the evaluation report is submitted. Non-completion of the project will require the return to UTPB of any funds awarded.
For more information or to discuss a potential project please contact:
Dr. Mylan Redfern
J. Dunagan Library