VCU Libraries, the Office of the Provost, the ALT Lab and Online@VCU, the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Academic Technologies, and Barnes and Noble @ VCU partner for awards which support faculty adoption of zero-cost resources and creation of openly-licensed alternatives to expensive textbooks.
The high cost of textbooks has been shown to have an adverse impact on students’ academic experience, from which classes they choose to their ability to succeed in those classes. Free course materials remove this financially-derived barrier to access, increasing the possibility that students can succeed in their academic careers. Course materials with open licenses also allow faculty to tailor materials to their specific classes, creating engaging learning experiences for students. The Affordable Course Content Awards support faculty who wish to follow this path to enhance the learning experience for students across VCU.
Projects should be in one of three categories:
The scale and impact of the project but will be evaluated based on the followed categories:
Awards program partners can provide faculty with project support as needed. Potential avenues of support include:
ALT Lab: helping establish the state of interactive media in your discipline, assistance in determining authoring patterns and tools, creating and supporting customized authoring patterns, hosting necessary tools and platforms (WordPress, Pressbooks, etc)
CTLE: assistance with curricular alignment, evidence-based pedagogical support, learner needs analysis, assessment and evaluation, instructional design, and other project support as requested
Barnes & Noble at VCU: provide print copies of open textbooks and other resources for purchase in the bookstore, including custom materials through XanEdu
All faculty, including tenure, term, and adjunct, are eligible for awards. Awards can be given to individual faculty or faculty groups. Only one application per faculty member or faculty group will be considered.
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