PALSave Textbook Creation Grants Awarded to Faculty Textbook Authors

PALNI’s PALSave Textbook Creation Grants Program has awarded funding to faculty members from PALNI supported institutions to create six open textbooks. These open textbooks will be freely available on the web, reducing costs to students enrolled in courses in the future. Financed with support from Lilly Endowment Inc., each author will receive up to a maximum of $5,000 with a cap of $6,500 per proposal.

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After starting a successful pilot with Butler University Professor James McGrath, the PALNI Open Educational Resource (OER) Publishing Task Force put out a call for proposals in October 2020. They received twenty proposals from institutions varying in size and scope. A review committee recommended this diverse set of projects based on proposal quality, need, and adoption potential within PALNI schools and beyond. 

PALNI will coordinate peer review, copyediting, layout, and hosting services to assist the faculty in their textbook creation.  Each project will also be supported by a local project manager to monitor progress and answer questions.  The open textbooks will be published on the PALNI Press supported Pressbooks platform alongside other faculty-contributed works like Brass Techniques and Pedagogy, by Butler University faculty member Brian Weidner, and will ultimately be submitted to the Open Textbook Library and OER repositories.

The textbooks will be tentatively available by Fall 2023.

Congratulations to the awardees: 

Author(s)InstitutionDepartmentTextbook Working Title
Nathan WillowbyAnderson UniversitySchool of Theology and Christian MinistryMorality for Professionals: Developing a Moral Conscience through Christian Virtue Ethics
Scott Kaschner & Amber RussellButler UniversityMathematics, Statistics, and Actuarial ScienceLinear Transformations on Vector Spaces
James McGrathButler UniversityPhilosophy, Religion, and ClassicsThe Bible and Music
Gabriel VanoverHanover CollegeTheatreCenter Stage
Paul Bible & Lucas MoserMarian UniversityMathematicsAn Open Guide to Data Structures and Algorithms
Yuriko Ikeda & Julia BaumgardtMarian UniversityLanguages and CulturesComunidades