VCU Libraries, the Office of the Provost, the ALT Lab and Online@VCU, and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, 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.
Awards are granted in three categories:
As a part of the VCU Affordable Course Content Awards, faculty are supported by program partners in the adoption, adaption, and creation of free and open materials. All VCU can also take advantage of these avenues of support by contacting the relevant department. Potential support includes:
VIVA (the Virtual Library of Virigina) offers VIVA Course Redesign Grants. These grants are designed to empower Virginia faculty with the resources and time they need to redesign courses by swapping out textbooks and other expensive course materials for open, no cost, or library options. These materials may be adopted as is, adapted, or created from scratch.
This program will award grants from $1,000 to $30,000 to assist faculty in transitioning to course materials available at no cost to students, such as open educational textbooks and/or library resources. Applications that include multi-institutional partnerships are encouraged.
Additional information can be found on the VIVA Course Redesign Grant page.
VCU Libraries is eager to work with faculty in applying for grant funds, identifying multi-institutional partners, and serving as project partners. Interested faculty should contact Jessica Kirschner, open educational resources librarian at email@example.com.
VIVA is currently accepting proposals. Applications are due February 28, 2020.