CITL seeking proposals to develop eTexts for Fall 2022 courses

Jul 20, 2022, 12:23 PM

Beginning August 29, 2022, CITL will award up to two (2) $8,000 grants to University of Illinois faculty and instructors to develop their locally-produced course materials for Fall 2022 to the award-winning eText@Illinois platform.

While all instructor-authors are eligible, those interested in creating required resources for classes with a large undergraduate enrollment (greater than 300 seats annually) are particularly encouraged to apply. 

Grants may be awarded as service-in-excess appointments or as stipends by arrangement with your department chair and business office.

Please review the Request for Proposal for more details.

The deadline for proposal submissions is August 7, 2022. Applicants may email their submissions to

Why eText@Illinois?

Created at and for the University of Illinois, eText@Illinois is an interactive, browser-based multimedia-capable platform for delivering original, instructor-developed course content in a cost-efficient manner. Students usually save been 50 to 75 percent over the cost of mainstream published textbooks (even over electronic rentals).

While eTexts cover the course content, they often contain embedded multimedia assets and additional features. For example, they allow for two-way communication between students and instructors, typed and freehand notetaking, as well as embedded assessments and practice problems linked from learning management systems (LMS) on campus.

The electronic platform enables students with myriad visual, mobility, language, and learning abilities to learn and interact with their course content, instructor, and peers in ways that best meet their learning strategies, putting them on equal footing with other students.

The electronic texts can be tailored specifically to a given course as it is taught on the Urbana-Champaign campus. Extraneous topics can be omitted and content supplemented with important background information and scaffolding as needed.

Review the RFP and learn more about developing an eText.

For more information or demo access to textbooks on the eText@illinois platform, please email Milind Basole, CITL’s Principal eLearning Specialist.