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Open Education

Pilot program grants

CSU-Pueblo instructors are invited to submit proposals for adopting, remixing, or creating open education resources.

Open Ed at CSU-Pueblo

Support and guidance for faculty on finding, adapting, and using open education resources.

Open Textbook Network

Attend the OTN workshop to learn more about textbook affordability and discover available resources.

Pilot program grants

Open Ed @ CSU-Pueblo aims to provide CSU-Pueblo students with free and low-cost textbook alternatives while meeting student learning outcomes. The Open Ed pilot program seeks grant proposals from CSU-Pueblo instructors on projects in support of open education and reduced textbook costs for students. Grant funding of $10,000 is made available by the CSU-Pueblo Office of the Provost and the CSU-Pueblo Foundation. Individual grant amounts will be determined by the pilot program committee.

Proposals are invited for:

  • Adopt – Redesign your course to incorporate an existing open textbook or open course content
  • Remix – Revise or expand open textbooks or create supplemental course content like quiz question banks, interactive teaching tools, or manuals to bridge gaps in existing resources
  • Create – Create a new open textbook or open course if existing open resources are not available
  • Other – Propose an open educational resource project or timeline not covered by the categories above

For SPRING 2018 classes – Application due Friday, September 22

The pilot program committee will notify applicants by Wednesday, October 4, 2017.

 For FALL 2018 classes – Application date TBD

The pilot program committee will accept applications until early 2018.

 Grant amounts range from $500-$2,000 per project.


Applications are welcome from all CSU-Pueblo instructors. Applications are particularly (but not exclusively) sought for general education courses and high enrollment courses. 

Requirements for applicants:

  1. Identify the open educational resources that you will use as your starting point in the project, or explain how existing resources are not suitable for your learning objectives. The Library OER guide lists several places to find open textbooks and courseware.
  2. Identify what types of support you will need for your project (librarians, accessibility services, technical support, bookstore, copy editors, peer reviewers, illustrators).
  3. Identify potential collaborators or future adopters in your department or elsewhere.
  4. Complete the attached application form including a budget justification.

Requirements for grant recipients:

  1. Work with the pilot program committee to develop a timeline of deliverables, payment schedule, and assessment plan of student satisfaction and performance.
  2. Assign an appropriate open license to your work and place it in the CSU-Pueblo Digital Repository so others can easily adopt and reuse. Usually CC-BY licenses, unless a more restrictive CC license (such as CC-BY-NC) is required by a work upon which you are building
  3. Produce a final report of your experiences that reflects on student feedback, challenges faced, lessons learned, and future plans.

Project evaluation criteria include:

  1. Student savings compared to dollars spent on traditional textbook.
  2. Quality considerations such as accessibility of proposed content, support for user experience and curriculum, appeal for future adoption in other settings, and demonstrated need to create new rather than reuse (if applicable).
  3. Feasibility of project as proposed.

Adapted from Open Oregon Educational Resources Higher Education Coordination Commission: Office of Community Colleges and Workforce Development. CC-BY.

Submit a proposal:

Open Ed @ CSU-Pueblo

Open Ed @ CSU-Pueblo is a joint project of the University Library and the Center for Teaching and Learning. It works with faculty to find, adapt, and use open education resources in all areas of study. The initiative also provides support and guidance for faculty creating and publishing original open education resources. The project has three main aims:

  • Help students save money by offering low-cost and free alternatives to traditional textbooks
  • Create a collection of open textbooks that support CSU-Pueblo's specialized programs and centers of excellence
  • Increase the visibility and impact of faculty's work by providing them with a way to create and publish open education resources

CSU-Pueblo is a member of the Open Textbook Network (OTN), a growing collective of higher education institutions working together to increase use of open textbooks on their campuses. As an OTN member, CSU-Pueblo has a voice in how textbooks are created, shared, and used—now, and in the future. OTN members also benefit from in-depth training workshops and community support. The OTN maintains the Open Textbook Library, a catalog of open textbooks collected from colleges and universities around the U.S., with reliable reviews written by experts.

Open Textbook Network (OTN) Workshop

Help lower textbook costs for students

Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? Explore possible open textbook solutions by attending a two hour workshop and writing a short textbook review. Receive a $200 stipend for your efforts!

Did you know...

  • The high cost of some course materials can impede students’ academic success
  • The College Board estimates that the average undergraduate can budget $1,249–$1,364 for textbooks and supplies in 2015–16
  • The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of 4 times inflation
  • Seven out of 10 students don’t purchase a required textbook during their academic career because of cost
  • 60% of students have delayed purchasing textbooks until they’ve received their financial aid

Open textbooks

Open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed.

What you can do

Attend the Open Textbook Workshop, a two-hour session where you can discover open textbooks in your field. After the workshop, you’ll be asked to write a short review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks. You’ll receive a $200 stipend for your participation and written review.

Open Textbook Network Workshop
Thursday, August 31, 9:30-11:30 AM in LARC 108

The workshop will be led by Tanya Grosz and Josh Bolick. Dr. Tanya Grosz is Dean of Graduate, Online, and Adult Learning at the University of Northwestern-St. Paul, where she oversees all non-traditional learning. She began the open textbook movement at Northwestern and continues to oversee it. Josh Bolick, Scholarly Communication Librarian in the University of Kansas' Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, leads the OER working group to advance open education at KU. 

Take 5 minutes to apply by Thursday, August 24. Capacity is limited and open textbooks are not available for all subjects. Preference will be based on textbook subject area availability.

If you have questions about this workshop or open textbooks, please contact Elizabeth Christian, Scholarly Communications Librarian, at

This workshop is sponsored by the University Library and Center for Teaching and Learning.

Find and Use Open Education Resources

Open Education Resources are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under a license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OERs can be textbooks, full courses, lesson plans, videos, tests, software, books, or images. Each of the repositories below collects OERs for multiple disciplines:

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