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Ways to save your students money

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

The high cost of commercial textbooks—print and electronic—is a major concern for both students and their parents. A continuing program at UNC Greensboro encourages you to do something about it. The Office of the Provost and 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, which can include open-access scholarly resources, library-licensed and owned resources, and learning objects and texts that 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, and modify assignments, as well as cover any expenses incurred. 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 4 and February 5, 2019, from noon to 1 p. m. in Jackson Library, Room 216. Please RSVP prior to the workshop and direct any questions to Beth Bernhardt at brbernha@uncg.edu. Visit https://tinyurl.com/minigrants2019 to apply for your mini-grant today. The deadline is March 5, 2019.

Additional literature on open educational resources is available at http://uncg.libguides.com/oer. See what UNCG students think about textbook costs at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIza8rp79-w&feature=youtu.be