UCT Open Textbook Award: call for nominations

04 June 2024 | Acting DVC Emer Prof Linda Ronnie

Dear colleagues and students

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Open Textbook Award is now in its fifth year and has proved to be a crucial mechanism for supporting innovative open education activity that addresses challenges related to the cost and accessibility of teaching and learning materials, as well as curriculum change and multilingualism, at UCT.

Open textbooks are freely available, openly licensed educational resources with affordances for dynamic, collaborative approaches to textbook authorship, quality assurance and publishing. In addition to the cost-saving aspect, open textbooks provide a means through which to engage students as co-creators and share teaching and learning materials beyond the institution.

The UCT Open Textbook Award has a social justice focus and aims to recognise activities that support the university’s transformation efforts. In line with this approach, the award recognises open textbook development initiatives which address any of the following criteria:

  • pedagogical innovation
  • curriculum transformation
  • decolonisation
  • inclusion of students as partners
  • profiling/inclusion of marginalised voices
  • relevance to local context
  • multilingualism
  • disability access
  • technical innovation.

The award may be made to single or multiple authored books. No restriction is placed on disciplinary orientation, language or format in which the book is written. There is also no restriction in terms of the publication date of the work. All nominated works must carry a Creative Commons or similar open licence.

The UCT Open Textbook award carries a value of R30 000 and may be shared between more than one recipient.

Nominations are now open for the 2024 UCT Open Textbook Award. Nominations can be made either by open textbook authors or by a third party. The deadline for nominations is 28 July 2024.


Emer Prof Linda Ronnie
Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning

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