Adopt or adapt open textbooks

Open Educational Resources, in partnership with the OSU Libraries and OSU Press, is sponsoring an initiative for faculty to adapt/adopt open textbooks. There are many open texts already in existence that are of high quality and meant for lower-division, undergraduate, high-enrollment courses.
We are offering the opportunity for you to adapt/adopt one of these textbooks for use in your class. A stipend will be paid for the adoption and review of the open textbook. Technical assistance is available if you choose to adapt open materials to fit your needs.
Not sure what’s out there or what the quality is? Contact Shannon Riggs, and tell her what you're looking for, and she will provide a list of resources – starting with high-quality, peer-reviewed textbooks that you can use, reuse, modify and adapt to suit your needs.

Shannon Riggs
Executive Director, Course Development and Learning Innovation
OSU Ecampus
541-737-2631 | Shannon.Riggs@oregonstate.edu

RFP to author Oregon State University open textbooks

Open Educational Resources, in partnership with the OSU Libraries and Press (OSULP), encourages the development of open textbooks at Oregon State University. We seek proposals for the development of an open textbook by Oregon State faculty members or the submission of publication-ready book manuscripts that could be used in OSU courses and are in need of a publishing platform and distribution assistance. (An OSU faculty member must be the sole or lead author.) The textbook should be a geared toward a specific field of study.

The author will be compensated with up to $20,000 in a budget transfer to a dedicated index within his or her department. These funds could be used for purposes such as course buy-out, professional travel, research support, etc. Advances will be available, with the schedule for disbursement and associated deliverables to be determined in consultation with the author.

Anticipated publication would occur on an agreed upon timeline depending on the nature of the work.

 The possibility exists for partnership with the OSU Press if the subject area falls within the Press’ areas of emphasis. If the subject matter is appropriate, a given work could be considered for publication by the Press.

To help us evaluate your project, we need to know more about you and your book. Please submit a proposal that provides all the information below. Please do not send the entire manuscript unless requested:

  1. Title of the manuscript.
  2. Your name, title, and affiliation. Please include your complete contact information. Include brief bios for coauthors if applicable.
  3. Briefly describe the content of your book and how it supports the intent of this open textbook RFP.
  4. Describe your qualifications as an author, as well as those of any coauthors.
  5. Describe your intended audience and any courses that would be likely to use the book at OSU or other schools.
  6. List the significant books in print on this topic and explain how and why your book is different. What is its most distinguishing characteristic? What is its unique contribution to the field?
  7. How often do you anticipate revisions/updates will be required?
  8. Include a current CV or résumé.
  9. Have you submitted this to other presses? If so, to whom did you submit it?
  10. Please suggest two to three possible reviewers for your manuscript, including contact information, affiliation, etc.
  11. Attach a letter of support from your department head/school head/Dean.

Send proposal as an email attachment to:
Shannon Riggs
Executive Director, Course Development and Learning Innovation
OSU Ecampus
541-737-2631 | Shannon.Riggs@oregonstate.edu

Grant collaboration

When National Science Foundation grants are reviewed, there are two criteria used to determine merit – intellectual merit and broader impact. Most can figure out the intellectual merit of their grant proposal but need help describing the broader impact. Open Educational Resources can help.

NSF will not consider a proposal unless it explicitly includes activities that demonstrate the project's broader impacts on science or society at large. One must also explain the extent to which these activities explore creative, original or potentially transformative concepts.

The NSF review criterion considers:

  1. Integrating research and education
  2. Broadening participation of underrepresented groups
  3. Enhancing infrastructure for research and education
  4. Broad dissemination of scientific ideas and methods (general scientific literacy)
  5. Direct benefit to society
  6. Increased partnerships between academia, industry, and other
  7. Improved national security
  8. Increased economic competitiveness of the United States

The Open Educational Resources staff is available to help you navigate this process. Contact us today about a collaboration.