[Open-education] [OER] The Textbook Liberation Fund - note from Rory McGreal

Paul Bacsich paul.bacsich at sero.co.uk
Sun Feb 14 17:33:46 UTC 2016

Non-US academic staff may find this of interest


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> From: rory <rory at athabascau.ca>
> Date: 14 February 2016 16:39:14 GMT
> To: Open Educational Resources - an online discussion forum <oer-forum at lists.esn.org.za>, OERu at googlegroups.com
> Subject: [OER] The Textbook Liberation Fund
> Reply-To: Open Educational Resources - an online discussion forum <oer-forum at lists.esn.org.za>
> I have contacted the US-based SkyePack Textbook Liberation Fund Director, Kris Staff and she has informed me that Non-US faculty are eligible to participate in their RFP.  NOTE the deadline for the first call is FEB 28, 2016 in two weeks. There will be other calls later, but I would suggest that the odds of acceptance will be better in this first call. I shall have further discussions with her later this week. 
> Information about the fund is available at:
> http://skyepack.com/Textbook-Liberation-Fund.html
> The Textbook Liberation Fund was created to provide financial assistance to faculty members pursuing, or interested in pursuing, a course materials cost reduction project (“Project”). Applications will be accepted in 3-4 application rounds each year, with grant awardees from each application round moving through their Projects from development to launch as a group or cohort (“Cohort”). $500,000 is available for disbursement over the lifetime of the Textbook Liberation Fund, with individual project grant awards varying in size based on multiple factors including, but not limited to:
> The number of faculty members involved in the Project
> The scope of the Project
> The amount of effort required for the Project
> The potential impact of the Project to student savings
> Here is a news release about the programme:
> http://www.marketwired.com/press-release/new-textbook-liberation-fund-aims-to-save-college-students-1-billion-2095126.htm
> Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss.
> All the best.
> Rory
> -- 
> Rory McGreal
> Co-Editor IRRODL
> Athabasca University
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