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OEI Grants

News Release: For Immediate Release
Contact: Marilyn Billings,, 413-545-6891
March 27, 2014



Amherst, MA – The UMass Amherst Libraries announce the fourth round of Open Education Initiative Grants for instructors who use low-cost or free alternatives to expensive course materials. The Initiative offers awards of $1,000 for instructors teaching courses with enrollments of fewer than 200 students; and awards of $2,500 for instructors teaching courses with enrollment of 200 or more students. Information sessions will be held on April 1, 4:00 p.m., and April 4, 12:00 noon, in Room 1320, in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library. Ten grants will be awarded. The deadline for proposals is April 22nd, 2014.  Application

Course materials can include open-access scholarly resources, Library-licensed and owned resources, and learning objects and texts that faculty create themselves.

The cost of textbooks has a direct impact on student success. Since 2011, the Open Education Initiative (OEI) has saved students over $1 million. New textbook prices have increased by 82% in the last decade, resulting in 65% of students deciding against buying a textbook because of the cost.

Register for information sessions within one day prior by emailing Marilyn Billings, For more information on open educational resources, visit:

The Open Education Initiative is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the UMass Amherst Libraries.






Last Edited: 27 March 2014