VCU Libraries, the Office of the Provost, Online@VCU, the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Academic Technologies, Barnes and Noble @ VCU, Inclusive Excellence, and the Friends of the VCU Libraries 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:
Resources can include textbooks, but also any other materials used for teaching such as videos, podcasts, or supplementary materials.
Awards program partners can provide faculty with project support as needed. Potential avenues of support include:
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.