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Florida State University

Tallahassee, FL, United States
Official Website @floridastate

Type: Public 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 41,226

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OER LibGuide


Florida State University (FSU) is an American public space-grant and sea-grant research university with approximately 42,000 students and 5,500 academic staff. FSU's OER program launched in November 2016, when a team from FSU Libraries began planning and promotion for two OER advocacy initiatives: a #textbookbroke tabling campaign for students and an OER grant program for instructors. Whereas our #textbookbroke events are intended to encourage students to share how textbook costs have affected them and provide feedback on these costs to their instructors, our Alternative Textbook Grants program is intended to incentivize instructors to adopt open or affordable educational resources in place of commercial textbooks and course materials. More information about these programs will be made available on FSU's Campus Activities pages.

Looking ahead, we plan to expand both of the above-mentioned initiatives, in addition to establishing a stronger relationship with our Campus Store and senior administrators. We also hope to join the Open Textbook Network and/or the OpenStax partnership program to better connect with and contribute to the broader community of institutions working to advance OER.

Campus Details

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OER Programs

Alternative Textbook Grants

The cost of college textbooks has risen at 300% the rate of inflation since 1978, with a 90% cost increase over the last decade alone. Students increasingly report not purchasing textbooks due to high costs, a trend which is widely recognized to negatively impact student learning outcomes. To address these concerns, Florida State University (FSU) Libraries are offering Alternative Textbook grants to support faculty and instructors in their efforts to replace commercial textbooks with open alternatives that are available at no cost to students.

Starting in January 2017, five grants of $1000 each are available for FSU faculty or instructors who are interested in adopting or remixing open textbooks and educational resources to replace commercial course materials. Proposals to replace commercial materials with Library-licensed electronic books or journal articles will also be considered. More information is available at

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Duration: 01/2017 - Present

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Scope: Affordable course content, including cost-free course content and OER

Primary OER Strategy: OER Adoption

Secondary OER Strategies: OER Curation, OER Adaptation, OER Pedagogy, OER Research, OER Awareness

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Funding from Library Departments:

Total Program Funding to Date: $ 6,000

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Conditions: Recipients are encouraged to openly license and freely share resources created or adapted

Total amount of incentive grants awarded to date: $ 6,000

Typical amount of each grant: $ 1,000

MOU for Participants
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Point of Contact

Devin Soper
Scholarly Communications Librarian