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This initiative encourages instructors to use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive course materials. Possibilities include open-access scholarly resources, Library-licensed and owned resources in print or digital format, reformatted special collections items, and learning objects and texts that faculty create themselves.
- Awards of $1,000 each for instructors teaching courses with enrollments of fewer than two hundred students
- Awards of $2,500 each for instructors teaching courses with enrollments of more than two hundred students
- Collection development awards to build or enhance library collections in support of specific courses.
The modest yet significant sums are meant to offer an incentive for the time it takes to identify new resources, adjust syllabi, and modify assignments and can be used to cover any actual expenses incurred by the instructor. Awardees will receive assistance from librarians and staff to locate course materials and provide other services.
The initiative has been endorsed by the Office of the UCLA Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost and the UCLA Academic Senate.
Each applicant must be the instructor of record. Courses can be at the undergraduate or graduate level but must be for enrolled students (i.e., not UCLA Extension courses).
The application deadline for the Fall 2016 quarter has passed. Instructors are invited to submit applications as follows:
- For courses in Winter Quarter 2017 or later: By Friday, August 5
- For courses in Spring Quarter 2017 or later: by Friday, October 21
Instructors teaching courses during later quarters are encouraged to apply by the earliest deadline possible to maximize the amount of time available to work on course materials.
Applicants complete a one-page application form, which is available in interactive Word or PDF formats. Completed forms can be emailed to email@example.com or printed and mailed to: UCLA Library Affordable Course Materials Initiative; 11334 Charles E. Young Research Library; Mailcode 157511. Applicants will receive confirmation notices when their application forms are received.
Applicants are also required to attend a one-hour workshop at which Library staff members introduce search strategies, services, and possible sources for open-access or low-cost instructional resources, and applicants can share ideas with one another and brainstorm. Workshops are scheduled on an as-needed basis.
Following the workshops a small committee of UCLA faculty honored for their teaching accomplishments, together with UCLA Library staff members, will review the applications and make award decisions.
At the conclusion of each awarded course, award recipients are asked to complete an assessment in order to determine the initiative’s pedagogical and financial impact.
For Further Information
If you have any questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310.825.0746.