Wayne State University Open Textbook Adoption Award Application

Have you noticed?

  • An increase in the price of your required course textbook?
  • Students are not prepared for class because they have not completed the readings?
  • Students have not purchased the required course textbook?

A yes answer to any of these questions may impact the student retention and success in your course. According to a U.S. Public Interest Research Group survey, textbook costs can equal 14% of the tuition and fees at a four-year public university. Students may not purchase textbooks due to their cost, and unprepared students may not succeed in class, ultimately dropping the class and extending their time to graduation.

The Wayne State University Open Textbook Adoption Award is designed to help Wayne State University instructors adopt open textbooks within their courses. Selected applications will receive up to $1,000 towards open textbook adoption.

Several open textbook grant-funded initiatives have made quality, peer-reviewed textbooks available. Open textbooks are:

  • openly-licensed
  • available online for free via internet connection
  • provide for personal download at no additional cost

Suggested quality, peer-reviewed open textbooks to consider include OpenStax College or University of Minnesota Open Textbook Library. The award panel will also consider quality open textbooks from other sources. If you would like assistance locating an open textbook for your course, or would like to know if the open textbook you would like to use would qualify, please contact Veronica Bielat, University Libraries, (313) 577-4217 or vbielat@wayne.edu.

The open textbook adoption must be a new project, existing open textbooks already in use by faculty for courses at Wayne State University are not eligible for this award.

Award Requirements

All award recipients will be asked to share their experiences of open textbook adoption.

Award recipients may be asked to provide class time for a student evaluation of the open textbook.

Application Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by a panel consisting of a faculty member, an administrative staff member and a student representative.

Proposals will be awarded based upon:

  • Quality and strength of application and how well it meets the requirements
  • Potential savings to Wayne State University students (based on historical course enrollment numbers and current text costs)
  • Ability to be implemented in Winter 2017, Spring/Summer 2017 or Fall 2017 semester
  • Accessibility and usability of the resource for all students

Award Disbursement

Award funds will be distributed at the beginning of the semester identified for open textbook adoption in the application.



Fill out the Application

This award is supported by the members of the Teaching Commons:
Computing & Information Technology
University Library System
Office for Teaching & Learning


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