Textbook Heroes are members of the ISU community who have promoted or adopted low-cost or free course materials, including open educational resources (OER), helping ISU students save on the cost of materials and showing an outstanding commitment to student success.
Nominees can be an instructor who has adopted OER, a student who has advocated for OER, or someone who has supported OER in an administrative role at ISU.
Honorees will be recognized by the library as a Textbook Hero and a letter of appreciation will be sent to the hero’s relevant dean or department chair; they will also receive an invitation to give a talk about their textbook affordability work during ISU Open Education Week in Spring 2022.
Please use the Textbook Hero Nomination form to submit your nomination by October 7th, 2022. More details about eligibility are provided below.
Self-nominations are accepted, and previous Textbook Hero honorees may be recognized again for new affordability projects they undertake. The project does not have to be initiated or completed in 2022 to be considered for the honor.
Instructors who are eligible have made a notable effort which may include (but is not limited to) the following types of effort:
Students are eligible who have made a notable effort which may include (but is not limited to) the following types of effort:
Administrators are eligible who have made a notable effort which may include (but is not limited to) the following types of effort:
In all points above, OER should be understood to include existing library resources as well as affordable (low-cost) course materials that may be under copyright.
For more information about the Textbook Hero honor, please contact SpencerJardine@isu.edu.