Sixteen CSU faculty participated in our second Textbook Affordability Summer Symposium, which included completion of learning modules, reviewing an open, library-licensed, or low cost textbook, and a commitment to either adopt or create open resources in at least one course. Participating faculty received a $600 stipend, funded by the Provost’s Office, for their participation. Four faculty have already adopted affordable resources as a result of their work in the symposium.
TASS is sponsored by the Provost’s Office, and is a collaboration between staff in the Michael Schwartz Library, Center for eLearning, Center for Faculty Excellence, Center for Instructional Technology and Distance Learning.
See what past participants have to say about their experiences in the program.
Are you interested in reducing the cost and increasing ease of access for your course materials, but you’re unsure where to start?
Are you curious what people mean when they talk about open education or open textbooks?
Do you find it difficult to change textbooks because you work with a team of instructors to teach a high enrollment course?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider applying for CSU’s Textbook Affordability Summer Symposium! Participants will receive a $600 stipend.
What: a program to help faculty consider and use openly-licensed or other affordable course content
When: May 10-28; asynchronous; 4-6 hours of work
Who: Any full-time or part-time CSU faculty are welcome to apply
How: Fill out our application form by April 9th
Step One: By April 9th, complete and submit your application form and submit the syllabus for the course in which you are interested in using an OER.
Step Two: If you are selected to participate, CSU Librarians will review your syllabus and map suggested openly-licensed, affordable, or library-licensed content to syllabus topics.
Step Three: From May 10-28th, participants will engage in the Textbook Affordability Summer Symposium on Blackboard/Zoom. Participants will explore the basics of open education, review an open access or low cost resource, learn how to align course content with learning outcomes, and reflect on advocating for affordable or open access course materials in the future. There are four modules of content, each of which should take 1-2 hours to complete.
As part of the training, each participant will:
Step Four: After the training, each participant will:
Each participant will receive a $600 stipend for participating in the symposium.
The following applicants will receive special consideration:
Faculty who have already received a Textbook Affordability Grant or participated in a previous Textbook Affordability Summer Symposium will not be eligible to participate, but participants in the Summer Symposium are eligible and encouraged to apply for future Textbook Affordability grants.