Open Textbook Publishing Program

Third Call for Proposals

Application forms

The University of Regina has issued a third call for proposals to develop open educational resources as part of the university’s Open Textbook Publishing Program for faculty and instructors who want to adapt, adopt or create open textbooks or supplementary teaching resources, such as PowerPoint slides and test banks.

There are two separate grants being offered as part of this Call:

  1. OER Small Project Grant: This grant assists interested faculty and instructors with undertaking small OER projects, such as the creation of supplementary materials, and helps them to get started using existing OER.
  • Examples of projects: creation of PowerPoint slide decks, test banks, images and videos to support an existing open textbook or lab manual
  • Approximate time line for project creation: 4-6 months
  • Funding available: up to $3,000 per application
  • Application deadline: on-going until 1 June 2020
  1. Open Textbook Creation and Adaptation Grant: This grant is meant to support faculty and instructors to undertake large open projects. This type of project requires larger budgets and commitments from participants in terms of time (course releases, research assistance) and resources (instructional design, peer review, editorial).
  • Examples of projects: new open textbook creations, major adaptations, transformation of a set of open educational resources into a textbook
  • Approximate time line for project creation: 2-3 years
  • Funding available: dependent on scope of project
  • Application deadline: 31 March 2020

If you are interested in finding out more about adopting, adapting or creating open educational resources, please contact open.textbooks@uregina.ca

  • Synopsis of Program and Call for Proposals - [Click for Details]
  • Criteria for Successful Proposals - [Click for Details]
  • Funding - [Click for Details]
  • FAQ - [Click for Details]

Program Administration

As the cost of traditional (print) textbooks increases and access to journals and other educational materials becomes more difficult due to expensive licensing fees, universities and governments are looking for ways to reduce student expenses and improve access to education. Open textbooks, and other open educational resources, are viewed as one potential solution.

In 2015, the Government of Saskatchewan provided funding for the development of open textbooks and other open educational resources at post-secondary institutions in Saskatchewan, with the goal of reducing overall costs for students and enriching teaching and learning. Soon after the announcement of the government funding, the University of Regina created the Open Textbook Publishing Program. The Program provides funding, and support to faculty who want to develop open textbooks or supplementary teaching resources for use in first- and second-year courses offered at the University of Regina. The Program is administered through the Provost’s Office and it is under the oversight of the Associate Vice-President (Academic).

An Advisory Committee provides Program direction and guidance. The current members of the Program Advisory Committee are:

  • Nilgün Önder, Associate Vice-President (Academic), Chair
  • Elsa Johnston, Program Manager
  • Cara Bradley, Library
  • Joan Wagner, Faculty of Nursing
  • Kirsten Hansen, Flexible Learning, CCE