Faculty win awards to use free online teaching materials in classroom | University of Illinois | UIC Today
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"Eleven UIC [University of Illinois] faculty members have received funding for their proposals to use free and shared online teaching materials in the classroom through the Open Textbook Faculty Incentive Program. The faculty members will each receive a portion of the $20,000 allocated for the initiative, which is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and University Library. The program rewards faculty members for using library-based and open educational resources instead of textbooks. “The goal is to help reduce the cost of students’ education by reducing the cost of their access to learning resources,” said Mary Case, professor, university librarian and dean of libraries. An Undergraduate Student Government survey with 800 respondents found that UIC students spend between $200 and $1,000 on textbooks per semester. “So, this initiative is encouraging faculty to think about alternative ways that they can provide that material to the students,” Case added. The winners will to adopt, modify and create open educational materials and use other websites and resources licensed by the University Library. An estimated 4,500 students will enroll in courses where these plans will be implemented this fall. Together, these students potentially could save about $700,000 on textbook costs...."