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The high cost of textbooks is a major concern for OSU students and their parents. The goal of the Wise OSU Library Open Textbook Initiative is to encourage faculty to consider open textbooks for adoption in their classroom.

About the Wise OSU Library Open Textbook Initiative

The Wise OSU Libraries’ Open Textbook Initiative was made possible through a generous initial funding from Dr. James Wise.

The high cost of textbooks is a major concern for OSU students and their parents. The goal of the Wise OSU Libraries’ Open Textbook Initiative is to encourage faculty to consider open textbooks for adoption in their classroom.  It is hoped that faculty will be willing to experiment and innovate to find less costly learning materials for their students. The initiative will offer faculty a stipend of up to $5,000 to develop or adopt an alternative to a traditional textbook.

The types of materials that could qualify for the open textbook project  (broadly called open educational resources (OER)  can include material from different media – articles, audio, video, websites – or the use of an existing open access textbook.

The project is open to either individual faculty members or a group of faculty members teaching multiple sections of the same course (in the case of partnered projects, the award goes to a single representative of the group).  One goal of the open textbook project is to demonstrate how savings may be achieved for students while maintaining or improving the quality of their learning process.

You can view sample projects from similar initiatives at:

Open Textbook Week at OSU Library