Partnership for Affordable Learning Materials (PALM)

Proposal Elements & Selection Criteria

Selection criteria

Proposals are reviewed by Libraries professionals at the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. 

Grants will be awarded on the basis of:

  • strength of application and adherence to application requirements (vision of success, intended impact, timeline, and challenges)
  • potential savings to University of Minnesota students
  • positive impact on teaching and learning strategies
  • willingness to partner with the Libraries and contribute to grant program cohort
  • sustainability of the project for future courses
  • innovative course materials and proposed pedagogical practice
  • use of experiential learning resources (including makerspaces, 3D printing, multimedia production)
  • use of open textbooks or other open educational resources

Preference given to projects implemented by either fall of 2023 or spring 2024.

Proposal Requirements

Applications should be sent to

Before applying, interested parties are strongly encouraged to review the Open Educational Resources & Affordable Learning guide and schedule a consultation with Micah Gjeltema, Open Education & Affordable Content Librarian

Applicant information

  1. Full name(s)
  2. Course, including number, title, number of students, current textbook or other course materials and their costs
  3. Department
  4. School/college
  5. Email address
  6. Position title/rank

Brief Narrative

Provide a narrative of 500 words or less to describe your proposed alternative to a commercial textbook or other course materials. Include:

  • your vision for the new curricular resource strategy and criteria for "success"
  • the projected impact (for student learning, student savings, pedagogy, etc.)
  • timeline/semester course is offered, and sustainability for future courses
  • anticipated challenges of using alternative course materials and requests for support

Prior Syllabus

Please include a copy of the course syllabus (including required materials) from the most recent semester in which a commercial textbook was used, for cost comparison.


University of Minnesota Libraries professionals will support participants by

  • organizing workshops and showcases for the program cohort to encourage success
  • consulting in the identification and evaluation of disciplinary OER textbooks and materials
  • constructing Reading Lists to provide all selected materials through a single access point in Canvas
  • investigating opportunities to purchase materials, particularly multi-user eBooks, with Libraries resources
  • providing copyright & licensing assistance as well as technological support for OER creation through Libraries platforms like Pressbooks

By accepting a grant award, participants commit to 

  • participating in and contributing to program workshops and peer discussion
  • revising and implementing a low- or no-cost syllabus in Fall 2023 or Spring 2024
  • making any resulting adaptations or creations available with a CC-BY-NC 4.0 license
  • implementing assessment strategies to determine project efficacy
  • participating in a Libraries showcase upon project conclusion
Last Updated: Feb 3, 2023 2:52 PM