Adopt-a-Free-Textbook Grants: Deliverables and Spending

Outlines deliverables and spending guidelines for grants.

Grant Tiers

**3 applicants required for group grants; we encourage department-wide applications for higher impact.
Grant Outcome Student Cost Licensing Requirement Individual Award Range Group Award Range
No Cost Adoption of a library e-book or other no cost learning materials No cost Open licensing not required. $500 $1,000-2,000
OER Adoption of existing open educational resources Free Creative Commons $1,000 $1,500-3,000
Design Modification, remixing, or authoring of original OER Free Creative Commons $3,500-5,000 $5,000-$10,000

Deliverables: All Grants

All Adopt a Free Textbook Grant Recipients must deliver the following.  Select your grant type on the left to see a detailed breakdown of deliverables.

  • Collaborate with a librarian to find free textbooks
  • Replace the primary textbook(s) with free textbook(s)
  • For No Cost and Adoption: teach with the free textbooks 4 semesters
  • Design author commitment is 6-12 months; teaching commitment is 2 semesters
  • For No Cost Grants: Mark course as Low Cost Textbook course in the UTSA course search 
  • For OER Adoption and OER Design grants: Mark course as a Free Textbook course in the UTSA Course Search
  • Complete a Certification Course for OER Adoption Grants (2 hours)
  • Serve as an OER advocate: share your experience with other faculty
  • Complete a final report that includes: 
    • Student evaluations of the textbook
    • Anonymized final grades, including drop, fail, and withdraw rates
    • Final syllabus and future plans
  • For Design Grants: 
    • Share OER in Runner Research and national and Texas repositories
    • Complete a Design Certification course (4 hours)