February 28 2014
We are today releasing a new call inviting UK higher education institutions (HEIs) and further education colleges (FECs) to participate in a three year national project to explore the viability of institutions becoming e-textbook publishers.
The project is looking to assess the following question:
Will the institution as e-textbook creator help students by providing a more affordable higher education, and promote a better, more sustainable information environment for libraries, students and faculty?
To participate in this call, bidders are required to:
- Read the call documentation carefully
- Submit a proposal that meets the requirements as listed in the call. This includes a project plan, risk register, budget and documentation to demonstrate your team’s skills and expertise.
Given that the focus of this call is on colleges and universities becoming publishers of e-textbooks, all bids must be led by one or more FECs or HEIs. To be clear, it is possible for institutions to group together to collaborate. In addition, FECs/HEIs bidding may subcontract parts of the work to other bodies (such as a university press, open access publisher, open source technology developer etc).
Successful bidders will be required to:
- demonstrate knowledge and experience of current and recent e-textbook practice and developments in the UK and elsewhere in the context of current pedagogic practice
- produce two e-textbooks with appropriate functionality
- document and cost the processes and staffing required to produce them
- release and disseminate the e-textbooks using a specific business and licensing model
- provide reports at the end of each year
- participate in the dissemination and sharing of knowledge and results to the UK education sector
How to submit a proposal:
Read through the Call for participation: Operational Requirement and the annexes
All bidders must register intent to submit a bid by emailing email@example.com
All clarifications must be raised via firstname.lastname@example.org
Submit your proposal by 5 March 2014 at email@example.com
Download the Call for participation and annexes below
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