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About ACT:

The Affordable Curriculum Today (ACT) committee (currently comprised of the members of the Textbook Affordability Committee and the Affordable Curriculum Today subcommittee) is committed to increasing access to education, improving student learning outcomes, and maintaining or reducing instructional costs by championing the development and implementation of affordable instructional materials up to and including original textbook development. FAU’s ACT initiative, sponsored by the Center for eLearning and the FAU Libraries will fund and support curriculum affordability projects through a competitive grant process that will award eligible and successful proposals up to $3000 per application.

Proposal deadlines:

  • August 10, 2018
  • November 2, 2018
  • April 5, 2019

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The Three A’s of Affordability

Adopt:

The FAU ACT committee will offer Platinum and Gold Adoption Seals of Affordability for courses which meet the designated FAU affordability threshold.

Platinum Adoption Seal

The Platinum Adoption Seal of Affordability offers FAU faculty members the opportunity to join a growing community of scholars in the expansion of quality cost-free curricular resources. Courses submitted for Platinum Adoption must result in a course which offers ALL educational materials and resources at zero cost to students. This is achieved through the review and use of open educational resources extant in the greater academic community.

Gold Adoption Seal

The Gold Adoption Seal of Affordability offers FAU faculty the opportunity to join a growing community of scholars in the expansion of quality, cost-free curricular resources. Courses submitted for Gold Adoption must result in reduced peripheral costs to students. The adoption of course materials must result in a course which offers ALL educational materials and resources at a cost less than or equal to $60.00

The awarded seal of affordability will serve as an identifier during the course registration process. Courses with this seal will have notation in the FAU course catalog.

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Adapt:

The FAU ACT committee will fund and support curriculum affordability projects through a competitive grant process that will award selected Adaptation proposals up to $1000 per application. The FAU ACT committee will also award a Platinum or Gold Adaptation Seal of Affordability for courses which meet the designated FAU affordability threshold.

Platinum Adaptation Seal

The Platinum Adaptation Seal of Affordability offers FAU faculty members, or teams of faculty, the opportunity to contribute to the academic community through the partial creation, remix, and revision of an existing openly licensed resource resulting in a customized textbook (40% of text remixed or revised by grantee[s]).

Gold Adaptation Seal

The Gold Adaptation Seal of Affordability offers FAU faculty members, or teams of faculty, the opportunity to contribute to the academic community through (1) the revision of an existing openly licensed resource to result in a customized course textbook largely authored by the instructor (between of 20-30% of textbook authored by grantee[s]) or (2) the construction of an extensive course test bank (assessment items) and instructional resources (minimum of 20% of instructional resources authored by grantee[s]) to result in a course which offers ALL educational materials and resources at a cost less than or equal to $60.00.

The awarded seal of affordability will serve as an identifier during the course registration process. Courses with this seal will have notation in the FAU course catalog.

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Author:

The FAU ACT committee will fund and support curriculum affordability projects through a competitive grant process that will award selected Authorship proposals up to $3000 per application. The FAU ACT committee will also award a Platinum or Gold Adaptation Seal of Affordability for courses which meet the designated FAU affordability threshold.

The Platinum Authorship Seal of Affordability offers FAU faculty, or teams of faculty, the opportunity to contribute to the academic community through the creation of instructional materials. Proposals considered for this seal must include a prospectus. Candidates should prepare to work with the ACT committee to author an original textbook that will be used in the designated course. Courses submitted for Platinum Authorship must result in zero peripheral costs (course will offer ALL educational materials and resources at zero cost to students).

The Gold Authorship Seal of Affordability offers FAU faculty, or teams of faculty, the opportunity to contribute to the academic community through the creation of an original textbook and adoption of supplemental resources and materials resulting in a course which offers ALL educational materials and resources at a cost less than or equal to $60.00.

The awarded seal of affordability will serve as an identifier during the course registration process. Courses with this seal will have notation in the FAU course catalog.

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