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Will I have to write an OER textbook if I participate in the OER Award Program?

The short answer is no. There are some disciplines in which there is not a lot of open material that is currently available. In these cases, faculty might choose to write a new OER textbook either by themselves or with multiple authors. This work definitely qualifies for the OER Award Program.

There will also be other cases in which an OER textbook has already been created. Whether a faculty member chooses to use that text as-is or to modify it, both scenarios are allowed under the award program.

In most cases, faculty will use a combination of open material and commercially licensed material that is either freely (and legally) available online or through the library databases.

You can find additional information in these FAQs:

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These questions and answers were written by Andi Adkins Pogue and are licensed under a CC BY-NC 4.0 license.