UNCG Campus Weekly

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Deciding on next year’s textbook adoption? Learn about ways to save your students money.

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 continuing 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, as well as learning objects and texts faculty create themselves.

Fifteen $1,000 “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, modify assignments and 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 on February 13-14 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. 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 9. You can apply at https://goo.gl/forms/Mgci6vdiAm6e7VUO2.