Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Instructors - Learn about ways to save your students money with affordable textbooks

Are you interested in bringing down the cost of textbooks for your students?  The high cost of commercial textbooks (print and electronic) is a major concern for both students and their parents.  A new program at UNCG encourages you to do something about that concern.
The Office of the Provost and the University Libraries are joining together to support UNCG’s Open Education “Mini-Grants” initiative to encourage instructors to use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive course materials; these can include open-access scholarly resources, library-licensed and owned resources, and learning objects and texts that faculty create themselves.
Fifteen $1000 “mini-grants” will be available this spring, and are meant to offer an incentive for the time it will take faculty to identify new resources, adjust syllabi, and modify assignments and can also be used to cover any actual expenses you incur.
If you are interested in applying for these “mini-grants”, you are encouraged to attend one of the Open Education Initiative information sessions to be held February 21 or 22nd from 12 pm to 1 pm in Jackson Library Room 216.  Please RSVP prior to the workshop or direct your questions to Beth Bernhardt at brbernha@uncg.edu.
Additional literature on open educational resources is available at http://uncg.libguides.com/oer
The deadline to apply for the “mini-grants” is March 10th.  You can apply at http://tinyurl.com/o2xck9j.