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Open Textbook Publishing Grant

This guide contains information about the Open Textbook Publishing Grant

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Wayne State University Open Textbook Publishing Grant Request for Proposals

Wayne State University Open Textbooks

Request for Proposals — deadline February 10, 2020

The Student Senate advanced this WSU Open Textbook project as part of its efforts to increase awareness of Open Educational Resources at Wayne State University, which the Student Senate first acknowledged in a resolution dated November 15, 2018.

To encourage and support the development of open textbooks at Wayne State University, proposals are invited for two $10,000 grants for the development of upper-level course textbooks that will be published through WSU Library System (WSULS). Textbook proposals for any content area are welcome. We request proposals from individuals or collaborative teams, with the instructor-of-record for the proposed open textbook serving as the principal investigator. This grant gives preference for open textbooks that are applicable to an upper-level course or courses being taught at Wayne State University.

FAQs

What are Open Textbooks?

An open textbook is defined as analogous to a traditional textbook in scholarly quality and instructional design, but without price or license restrictions on access, use, or reuse. This is accomplished by publishing an open textbook a) online (sometimes with a print-on-demand option), where there exists a democracy of access not governed by point-of-sale price, and b) under an open license such as those made available by Creative Commons, which maintains the authors’ copyright while granting to the reader broad rights to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute the material.

Who is eligible for the Open Textbook Publishing Grant?

We request proposals from individuals or collaborative teams, with the instructor-of-record for the proposed open textbook serving as the principal investigator (PI).

  • Individuals/teams can submit more than one proposal but are only eligible to receive one award.
  • PIs must be full- or part-time employees of the university (graduate students are not eligible to serve as PIs).
  • Authors will be required to deliver a portion of the textbook by August 15, 2020, to maintain eligibility for receipt of award. Scope of that portion will be determined in consultation with the publishing team.