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UI Library launches Think Open Fellowship

January 23, 2017

The University of Idaho Library is launching the new Think Open Fellowship program, which offers awards of $2,000 to faculty interested in re-thinking and re-tooling their course materials. Selected faculty will work to save students money by using open textbooks and open educational resources in their classes. This program addresses a growing difficulty for students. The cost of textbooks has increased by over 1,000 percent since 1977, and these high costs have a noticeable impact on student success. A recent study indicated that 65 percent of college students surveyed decide to go without required textbooks due to cost. Open textbooks and open educational resources are alternatives to traditional textbooks that alleviate the financial burden on students and also provide flexibility and freedom for faculty. Faculty teaching high enrollment courses, dual-enrollment courses, or Idaho Gem courses are especially encouraged to apply. Application and more information can be found at

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