Open Textbooks


The next round of mini-grants has not been announced.

Apply for a Mini-Grant

A New Program

The Office of the Provost and the University Libraries (and______________ and_______________) are joining together to support faculty interested in Open Textbook alternatives to increasingly expensive commercial texts. UML would like to reduce the cost burden of textbooks on our students.  The University of Massachusetts Lowell wants to encourage instructors to use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive texts. 

These can include:

  • Texts written by individual faculty members, or co-authored, and published under Creative Commons licenses. This can be a book you author, or a Creative Commons text from another source that you adopt for your course.
  • Packets of library-licensed and owned materials delivered through Blackboard and our e-Reserve system.
  • Individual e-books licensed or owned by the UML library that can serve as the course textbook(s)
  • Packets of Open Educational Resources (OERs) available under Creative Commons licenses and aggregated on library guide pages

These mini-grants offer:

  • Awards of $1,000 each for instructors teaching courses with enrollments of fewer than two hundred students.
  • Awards of $2,500 each for instructors teaching courses with enrollment of two hundred or more students. 

These grants are intended to help compensate for the extra time it takes fo find new materials, to change your course assignents and update your syllabi. 

If you are interested in applying for this initiative, please attend one of the Open Education Initiative information sessions to be held (____). 

The deadline for grant proposals is (______)