DOT4D implementation activity is focused on supporting open textbook development initiatives at the University of Cape Town (UCT) that drive curriculum transformation and advance a social justice agenda in terms of addressing intersectionality and improving access to learning materials.
The project provides publishing and resource design support and assists various open textbook authors through its grants programme.
Grants of up to R80 000 were made available to nine open textbook initiatives at UCT following an open call to UCT academics at the start of 2019. The grants, which were open to UCT staff working in any discipline, are being used to:
support authoring and collaboration processes;
source additional capacity and specialist expertise in design and production processes;
solicit student involvement in content-generation or quality assurance processes; and/or
undertake the technical work required for optimal access to and dissemination of the work.
The grants programme aims to support open textbook development initiative which address the following: transformation of the curriculum, inclusion of marginalised voices, inclusion of student voices, relevance to local context, multilingualism, disability access, interdisciplinarity and strategies for the sustainability of the proposed open textbook. Grant recipients will be required to licence materials produced with the aid of the DOT4D grant under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence.