Textbook Alternatives Project (TAP) Grant
The Textbook Alternatives Project or TAP, just completed its first major project in the fall of 2013, with the completion of eight grant projects. The grants were a resounding success.
Seven of the eight projects found or created new (two wrote new textbooks), more affordable alternatives to their old textbooks, resulting in an estimated total savings of over $43,600 for just one semester, for our students.
In March, 2014, the success of TAP's first grant projects was recognized in a news announcement from the CSU's Public Affairs Office: http://blogs.calstate.edu/pa/news/?p=3826
The eight CSU, Chico faculty who were awarded grants in 2012 are: Leslie Atkins, Eric Ayars, Laurie Browne, Maria DeCastro, David Kagan, Jim Mensching, Susan Roll, and Steve Stewart. The eight grant winners each received $600.00 or an iPad.
For those unfamiliar with the Textbook Alternatives program, TAP's primary goal is to encourage faculty to replace their high cost commercial textbooks free or lower cost alternatives, such as OERs, library resources, digital textbooks, or self-authored content, while also maintaining or improving the quality of student learning.
TAP is a component of CSU, Chico's Affordable Learning Solutions (CALS) program, developed and supported by the Meriam Library and Academic Technologies. The Meriam Library provided funding for the first TAP grant awards.
Click here for a full timeline of the project
Open Educational Resources (OER) are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others (Atkins, Brown, Hammond (2007).