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OER Textbook Review Awards

Participants who write and submit an open textbook review will receive a $250 award.

Learn more about this award!

The UC Davis Library’s AggieOpen program invites faculty and instructors to apply for our Open Textbook Review awards to evaluate and submit a written review of an existing open textbook.

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials, including academic textbooks, that allow others to freely use, distribute, keep, or revise through permissions granted by their creator.

Due to their low-cost nature and ease of creation/publication, open textbooks are often mistakenly perceived as low-quality.

Peer review of Open Textbooks helps to:

  • provide a public indicator of quality to potential adopters
  • provide a mechanism to ensure that the content developed is in keeping with the expertise within the field of study
  • ensure that the content is appropriate, accurate, and adequately covers the material

These awards intend to introduce instructors to open educational resources (OER) and to encourage them to adopt or adapt the open textbook they choose to review.

Take the first step towards OER adoption by reviewing a textbook in your field!


To qualify for the Open Textbook Review Program, instructors must meet the following criteria:


  • Textbook awards are available on a first-come, first-served basis until funds for this academic year are spent.

Check out our Open Education Resources guide to learn more about the open education movement and learning materials!

This guide includes basic information about open educational resources (OER), highlighting platforms, collections, and repositories that host openly licensed educational materials to help you discover OER content.


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