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Open/Alternative Resource

About the initiative

The high cost of commercial print textbooks is a major concern for Kansas State University, students, and their parents. The initiative’s goal is to encourage the adoption and/or development of cost saving texts for students while improving the quality of the learning process. Through the initiative, faculty can receive a stipend up to $5,000 to develop or adopt an alternate to a traditional textbook.

The funds can be given to either an individual faculty member or a team of faculty teaching multiple sections of the same course. A proposed project may include:

  • The use or adaptation of an existing open access textbook (see Resources to Find Open Textbooks)
  • Library resources, high quality open educational resources (OER), media, and/or faculty-authored materials


Additional Resources on the K-State Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative

Cultivating Textbook Alternatives From the Ground Up: One Public University’s Sustainable Model for Open and Alternative Educational Resource Proliferation 
By Jonathan Lashley, Rebel Cummings-Sauls, Andrew B. Bennett, Brian L. Lindshield


University Students and Faculty Have Positive Perceptions of Open/ Alternative Resources and Their Utilization in a Textbook Replacement Initiative
By Nicole Delimont, Elizabeth C. Turtle, Andrew Bennett, Koushik Adhikari, Brian L. Lindshield


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Drs. Andy Bennett and Brian Lindshield have successfully developed and implemented open textbooks. Dr. Bennett's Elementary Differential Equations textbook features algorithms that create problem sets for students to practice. Dr. Lindshield's Kansas State University Human Nutrition (FNDH 400) Flexbook was a finalist for the 2012 People's Choice Award for the Most Open Resource.