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Office of the Provost Teaching at WSU

Affordable Learning Grants

Announcing Affordable Learning Grants ($1,000-$5,000)

In response to student concerns about course material costs, Washington State University is working to support instructors who wish to transition away from expensive commercial textbooks and instead explore new curricular strategies. In summer 2017, WSU Libraries in partnership with Academic Outreach and Innovation (AOI) will provide support to instructors who wish to replace costly commercial textbooks with high-quality, low-cost open educational resources (OERs). Our aim is to assist instructors in thinking creatively about class materials that might be used to improve student success at WSU.

Call for Proposals

We invite WSU instructors and faculty members to apply for Affordable Learning Grants to offset the time and expense required to implement open educational resources in classes. All grant recipients will receive assistance from WSU Libraries and AOI in locating, adopting, modifying, and implementing OERs for use in the 2017-2018 academic year.

Sample Affordable Learning Projects

If you are wondering what might qualify for an Affordable Learning Grant, please see these sample projects. Note that you are welcome to propose a project that is not included on the sample page—this is provided merely to give you ideas.

Deadline for Proposals

All current faculty members and instructors teaching courses at Washington State University are eligible to apply. Applications are due by February 15, 2017.

Application Instructions

Please complete these application materials and submit to by February 15, 2017.

For More Information

For more about open educational resources, see the Office of the Provost Teach site and this OER guide. For questions or assistance with Affordable Learning proposals, please contact


The application period has closed. If you have questions about Affordable Learning Grants, or open education resources at WSU, email to

Affordable Learning Grant application

Affordable Learning Project Examples