Congratulations to the 2022 Textbook Affordability Project award recipients!

Guest post by Kristina De Voe, English and communication librarian, with the Open Education Group 

The Libraries are happy to announce our 2022 Textbook Affordability Project grant award recipients:  

  • Sonia Isabel Mino Avila, Mathematics, Temple University Japan 
  • Gregory Byala, English (First Year Writing), College of Liberal Arts 
  • Wendy Cheesman, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Public Health 
  • Elizabeth Diamond, Career and Technical Education Program, College of Education and Human Development 
  • Rob Faunce, English (First Year Writing) / Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, College of Liberal Arts 
  • Talissa Ford, English, College of Liberal Arts 
  • Matt Hall, Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Public Health 
  • Melissa Toomey, English (First Year Writing), College of Liberal Arts 
  • Kathleen Voss, Human Resource Management, Fox School of Business 
  • Jingwei Wu, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, College of Public Health

These course instructors have all committed to introducing open educational practices in their classrooms in the 2022–23 academic year and will be moving forward with project plans to adopt zero-cost learning materials into their courses.  

As part of the grant, awardees completed training over the summer, participating in a learning community in which they increased their awareness around open textbooks, open educational practices, and affordable learning materials. They also had the opportunity to develop their projects.  

The Textbook Affordability Project (TAP) is a grant program that awards funds to Temple faculty members who make their courses more affordable for their students by replacing costly educational resources with library-licensed materials or open educational resources (OER), including open textbooks. Alternatively, faculty can receive funds for engaging in other open educational practices, like creating learning objects or replacing a traditional assignment with renewable assignments that center students as creators of knowledge. The call for applications goes out annually in the spring. 

Since 2011, The TAP has granted awards to over 90 faculty across nearly every discipline at Temple University and saved students over one million dollars.