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Open and Affordable Course Materials

Option 2: Create / Author an Open Textbook

Proposals are invited to create/author a substantially new open textbook to support an upcoming course/program at Queen's.  A maximum of $7,500 is available per course.

Eligibility: Applications are encouraged for large undergraduate courses and/or courses for courses with high-cost traditional ‘closed’ textbooks.

You may be interested in this essay by Tony Bates: Writing an online, open textbook: is it worth it?

How to Apply

Submit a Proposal to Create/Author an Open Textbook, linked below.

Submission deadline: October 16, 2017 (now closed). 

If you have any questions or comments, please email: open.education@queensu.ca.

Evaluation Criterion

Project proposals will be evaluated using a rubric that balances the following criteria to prioritize the quality of proposals and their potential impact:

Criteria / Weight

Description

Quality (40%) 

  • The project description and objectives:
    • Clearly articulated and reasonable
    • Are mapped to specific course learning outcomes or competencies 
    • Indicate proposed subject matter to be addressed
    • Indicate proposed assessment strategies
  • The Project Plan Overview includes clearly defined project milestones such as a high-level overview of:
    • The project pan (timelines, budget estimates, resources)
    • Approaches in content design supporting the innovative uses of technologies and/or pedagogies
    • ​An initial conceptualization and/or content map for the book
    • Approximate timelines for the completion of the project (e.g project plan, book outline; final copy; editorial processes; review and publication etc.,)
    • Approaches to ensure the future sustainability of the project e.g. how open content will be maintained and kept up to date.

Impact

(35%)

The Impact Assessment Plan clearly describes how you will determine the use, effectiveness and impact of your project, including: 

  • Estimated student savings compared to grant amount
  • Estimated number of students who will take course
  • How content will be made openly available at Queen’s
  • Articulate how content will be developed to promote remixing, reuse and redistribution by individual educators to meet their own course plans.

Budget (25%)

The proposal clearly outlines: 

  • Estimated cost projections and priorities of the project at a high-level
  • The budget does not exceed the maximum amount allowed per course $7500
  • Staff roles associated with the respective cost estimates (e.g. subject matter expert, instructional designer, project manager, etc.), provide FTE percentage for each phase of the project, and rate/cost
  • Information about any other direct costs included in the project.

Eligible Expenses:

  • Salary costs associated with hiring an educational designer
  • Salary costs associated with hiring a research assistant, etc;
  • In-kind support
  • Costs associated with editing or copy-editing, peer review etc.

 

Proposal evaluation process:

Applications to Create / Create/Author an Open Textbook will be evaluated by the Open and Affordable Course Materials Working Group.  Applicants can expect to receive a written response to their application later in the Fall semester.  

Requirements for successful grant recipients:

  • Share your work with an appropriate open license so that others can easily adopt and reuse.
  • Work with the Open and Affordable Course Materials Working Group to develop a timeline of deliverables, and assessment plan (once your textbook is completed).
  • Publicize your work by providing the Open and Affordable Course Materials Working Group with press-worthy updates; participate in related events; and post your adoption on the Open and Affordable Course Materials Working Group Project Page.