We are excited to announce today that we will be extending the Wave II deadline of our Open Textbook Challenge! Yes, you heard that right: we’ve decided to push back our Wave II deadline to May 31, 2012.
There are a few reasons why we felt prospective OTC candidates should have some extra time to prepare their submissions. First, we’ve made a couple of changes to the submission criteria– which have been revised on the Open Textbook Challenge website.
Also, we’re making a huge announcement January 31st: the accepted texts from Wave 1! We figured that potential entrants – and individuals who are unsure if their works are appropriate – might appreciate the opportunity to review a sampling of texts that were eligible for the award.
And finally, word of Saylor’s work and mission are spreading across the globe. Keeping that in mind, we added a couple extra months to this Wave to ensure that professors around the globe have ample time to prepare high-quality submissions!
Is this the first time you’re hearing about the Open Textbook Challenge? Let me fill you in:
Our goal with the Open Textbook Challenge is to encourage college textbook authors and professors to openly license their works under a CC-BY license in exchange for a $20,000 award. Submitted texts must align with one of the eligible courses on Saylor.org and will be subject to a peer-review before it is awarded with the $20,000 prize. Once accepted, these texts will be hosted on Saylor.org – as well as many other open education sites – freely accessible to students and educators, worldwide!
We’re even offering opportunities for students and friends of professors! If you haven’t written a textbook or multiple course packs that could be eligible for our Challenge, but know someone who has, listen up. We’re also offering $250 referral bounties for individuals who refer an accepted textbook author or professor to the Open Textbook Challenge. Simply generate a referral code here, and pass it along!