About the initiative
The initiative is a grant program that provides funding to Kansas State University faculty and instructors to develop or adopt free alternatives to traditional print textbooks. 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 implementation of cost-saving texts for students while improving the quality of the learning process.
All K-State faculty and instructors who teach a course at K-State can apply for an award ranging from $2,000 - $5,000. There are two application and award cycles each year.
The development or adoption of open or alternative resources may include any of the following or a combination:
- An existing open access textbook (see Resources to Find Open Textbooks)
- Library resources
- High quality open educational resources (OER)
- Multimedia resources found on the open web (e.g., TedTalks, YouTube videos, Wikimedia Commons)
- Faculty-authored materials
For more information, contact:
- Dr. Andy Bennett, Department of Mathematics | | email@example.com
- Dr. Brian Lindshield, Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics, and Health | | firstname.lastname@example.org
- Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship | email@example.com
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 Education-Portal.com People's Choice Award for the Most Open Resource.