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Open Textbooks and Resources for Faculty

A guide to exploring open textbook options as well as other open education resources for GW faculty

Contacts at GW Libraries

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OER Faculty Grants

Adapting Course Materials for Equity Faculty Grant

George Washington University Libraries & Academic Innovation (GWLAI) requests applications for its Adapting Course Materials for Equity Faculty Grant. This program awards stipends ($250-$1000) to GW faculty who want to adopt and adapt open or zero-cost course materials in courses taught between Fall 2023 and Fall 2024. To learn more about this program and apply, visit  Applications are due February 19, 2023, at 11:59pm.

Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) Open Textbook Incentive Program

Faculty at WRLC member institutions (including GW) are eligible to receive a $200 stipend for attending a workshop and writing a review of a textbook in the Open Textbook Library. Dates and times for workshops are forthcoming. Find out more at Open@WRLC.

OER Faculty Workshops - Spring 2023

The following workshops are offered by the Washington Research Library Consortium.  GW Faculty are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Faculty who attend these workshops also become eligible to receive a $200 stipend for reviewing a textbook in the Open Textbook Library. For more information, visit Open@WRLC

Why Do We Need Open Textbooks?

The high cost of textbooks continues to negatively impact student access, success, and completion...

Graph showing the impact of textbook costs to students

Source:  Florida Virtual Campus, 2018 Student Textbook and Course Materials Survey:  Results and Findings

Benefits of Open Textbooks

Image showing the benefits of using open textbooks

"GW Open Textbooks" by GW Libraries can be reused under the CC BY license

Open Textbooks:

  • textbooks that are freely available with nonrestrictive licenses
  • cover a wide range of disciplines
  • available to download and print in various file formats from several web sites and OER repositories
  • range from public domain books to existing textbooks to textbooks created specifically for OER.
  • solve the problems of the high cost of textbooks, book shortages, and access to textbooks as well as providing the capacity to better meet local teaching and learning needs.
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