University of Minnesota

For Support Of Communications And Community Management At The Open Textbook Network

  • Amount
    $100,000
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
    3/14/2017
  • Term
    12 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Program
Overview
The Open Textbook Network at the University of Minnesota engages with colleges and universities to advance open textbook adoption among faculty. The network will advance its mission by hiring a full-time communications and community manager to bring more time and attention to the growing size and effectiveness of the network community.
About the Grantee
Address
200 Oak Street SE Ste 450, Minneapolis, MN, 55455-2070, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for promoting faculty adoption of open textbooks  
Over the past two years, faculty advocates within the University of Minnesota have successfully worked with their peers to encourage the adoption of open textbooks. Project funding would allow the university’s Open Textbook Initiative, which aims to help faculty overcome barriers to adopting open textbooks, to expand to eight partner institutions. By engaging faculty to conduct peer reviews of open textbooks, this project raises awareness and helps improve OER quality markers, two factors necessary to increase OER’s mainstream adoption.
for support of the Open Textbook Network  
The Open Textbook Network is a community of over 1,300 colleges and universities working to advance open education. Its focus of the last few years on building a community — both in size and common understanding — has positioned it well to leverage its collective resources to more directly focus on addressing issues of inequity and exclusion in higher education. The network will accomplish this through working directly with higher education faculty to develop and disseminate open pedagogies and practices, and by working with state and system leaders to support and encourage the systematic implementation of these practices.

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