SPARC Projects

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Open Education

Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS, United States
Official Website @KState

Type: Public 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 24,766

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The high cost of commercial print textbooks is a major concern for Kansas State University, students, and their parents. The Initiative’s goal is to encourage the adoption and/or development of cost saving texts for students while improving the quality of the learning process. Through the initiative, faculty can receive a stipend up to $5,000 to develop or adopt an open or alternative to a traditional textbook.

The funds can be given to either an individual faculty member or a team of faculty teaching multiple sections of the same course. A proposed project may include: The use or adaptation of an existing open access textbook, library resources, high quality open educational resources (OER), multimedia content, faculty-authored materials, or a combination of any of these.

The development of open/alternative resources is meant to save students money, and therefore a faculty member who receives an award from the Initiative must not require students to purchase any educational materials for that course. In addition, applicants must demonstrate the sustainability of the resource(s) beyond their initial use and the ability to adapt or produce a quality product that actively engages students in the learning process.

From FY2014 through FY2019 students have saved an estimated 4.99 million dollars (since the inception of the grant award program).

For more information contact:
Dr. Andy Bennett, Department of Mathematics | (785) 532-0562 |
Dr. Brian Lindshield, Department of Human Nutrition | (785) 532-7848 |
Emily G. Finch, Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship |
Ryan Otto, Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship |

Campus Details

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Academic Subjects With Greatest OER Traction:

Mechanisms to Support OER Included in the Following:

Point of Contact

Emily Finch and Ryan Otto
Scholarly Communication Librarian, K-State Libraries' Center for the Advancement of Digital Scholarship