Congratulations to the 2024 Textbook Affordability Project Award Recipients!

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

The Temple University Libraries are happy to announce our 2024 Textbook Affordability Project grant award recipients:  

  • Cate Almon, English, College of Liberal Arts 
  • Richard Feder, Law, Beasley School of Law 
  • Alyson Hansbarger, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Public Health 
  • Cheryl Hyde, Social Work, School of Social Work 
  • Xiuqi Cindy Li, Computer & Information Sciences, College of Science and Technology 
  • Ryan McKee, Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Public Health 
  • Molly Pooler, Education, College of Education and Human Development 
  • Santosh Sali, International Business Studies, Temple University Japan Campus

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

As part of the grant, awardees will complete training over the summer, participating in a learning community in which they will increase their awareness around open textbooks, open educational practices, and affordable learning materials. They will also have opportunities 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 traditional assignments 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 100 faculty across nearly every discipline at Temple University and saved students over one million dollars.