Open and Affordable Textbook Initiative (OATI) Grant: Information Session

On January 29, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. in the Center for Teaching Excellence, join us as we explore innovative and less costly ways to deliver quality learning materials to students through adoption of open educational resources, materials already licensed by the library and university, or other free digital materials available for educational use. Please RSVP by emailing teachers@lmu.edu.

About the LMU Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative

According to the most recent data published by the LMU Office of Financial Aid, an LMU undergraduate will spend an average of $1,971 on books and other course materials in the 2019-2020 academic year. This is significantly higher than the non-profit, four-year national average of $1,210.

The LMU Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative is a pilot grant to empower departments to explore innovative and less costly ways to deliver quality learning materials to their students through adoption of open educational resources, materials already licensed by the library and university, or other free digital materials available for educational use. In addition, this initiative is designed to introduce faculty to the benefits that open educational resources (OER) can bring to the teaching and learning experience beyond affordability, including materials that put greater emphasis on access, inclusion, interactivity, and student success.

Any faculty interested in applying for the grant (application deadline February 11), or those interested in simply learning more about options for affordable and open course materials, are encouraged to attend the January 29 workshop. At this CTE session, Jamie Hazlitt (Collection Development Librarian, OATI grant coordinator) will give a brief overview of the Course Adopted Text E-book initiative and Open Educational Resources and the work that led to the development of this grant, and the remainder of the time will be open for discussion.