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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

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

OER Faculty Grants

Adapting Course Materials for Equity Faculty Grant

George Washington University Libraries & Academic Innovation (GWLAI) is happy to announce and congratulate it's first year recipients of the Adapting Course Materials for Equity Faculty Grant. This pilot program awarded ($250-$1000) to GW faculty who wanted to adopt and adapt open or zero-cost course materials in undergraduate courses taught between Fall 2022 and Fall 2023. The deadline to apply for a grant this cycle has passed. This page will be updated in the fall with information on grant opportunities for 2023-24. We look forward to all future applications! 

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. Find out more at Open@WRLC.

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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