The Provost’s Office, the ACU Library, and the University Library Committee are supporting selected faculty to utilize open access textbooks through the Alt-Textbook Initiative Pilot program.  More information can be found at   

Two workshops will be held during the week of Feb. 26th – Mar. 2nd for faculty who are interested in applying for funds or interested in finding out more about open educational resources and the Alt-Textbook Initiative:

Tuesday, February 27 (Innovation Foundry, 12pm-1pm)

Making the Case for Textbook Affordability: Using Open Educational Resource Textbooks

What are Open Education Resources (OER) and why should we use them? What are the benefits of OER to faculty and students? How do they compare with commercial textbooks? Come learn about the philosophy behind OER and how to locate and evaluate open educational content, including open textbooks, to use in your courses.

Thursday, March 1 (Adams Center, 11:30am-1pm)

Two Librarians Tackle Copyright and Fair Use: PANE, TEACH, IP, CC, OER Hike!

Copyright law can be complicated when deciding what resources to use in the classroom, Canvas, or giving advice to students for papers, presentations, and other projects. Join Melissa Atkinson, Online Learning Librarian, and Erica Pye, Research and Instruction Librarian, to learn about fair use, the TEACH Act, Intellectual Property, Creative Commons, and how to find free Open Educational Resources like music, videos, and images. Come with questions and we’ll tackle them together!