Apply for the Open and Affordable Textbook Initiative (OATI) Faculty Grant

Applications for the 2021-2022 Open & Affordable Textbook Initiative faculty internal grant are now open. Supported through the Office of the Provost, the Academic Technology Committee, and the William H. Hannon Library, the LMU Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative (OATI) grant:

  • Encourages LMU faculty to explore relevant, high-quality alternatives to expensive course materials through adoption, adaptation, or creation of open educational resources (OER) and/or low-cost/no-cost resources
  • Encourages a teaching culture that explores new pedagogical models for learning
  • Lowers the cost of an LMU education for our students
  • Increases equitable access to required course materials for all students

In 2021-2022, the OATI grant will recognize up to ten faculty (or project teams) with awards ranging from $1000-10,000 based on the scope and scale of the project proposed, the cost-savings, the number of students impacted, and potential “shareability” of the revised syllabus and/or resource created. Both individual and team submissions are encouraged.

Please download the full RFP [PDF] for application criteria and more details. In addition, we encourage you to check out the resource guide for the Open & Affordable Textbook Initiative, which includes more resources to support faculty interested in open and affordable course materials, and information about last year’s OATI grant winners (three faculty from the Department of Art History).

And finally, save the date! The Center for Teaching Excellence will host two info sessions for faculty interested in learning more before applying:

  • Wednesday, January 13, 12–1 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 14, 4:30–5:30 p.m.

Please RSVP to Teachers.LMU@lmu.edu to receive a calendar invite.

Note: Even if you don’t plan to apply for the grant, as you plan for Spring 2021 you may be interested in a new resource we just launched called Faculty Select. Through a single interdisciplinary interface, faculty can search for OER, unlimited user licensed e-books available in our library collections, and a catalog of e-books with licensing suitable for adoption that we may not yet have acquired.

If you have additional questions about this information, contact your liaison or Jamie Hazlitt.