Faculty: Apply for a 2023 Affordable Course Content Award by June 9

April 17, 2023
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The VCU Libraries’ Affordable Course Content Awards is now accepting applications. The program supports faculty who adopt zero-cost resources or customize  openly-licensed alternatives to expensive course materials. The grants program is one element of VCU Libraries Affordable Course Content Initiative.  

This grant can be used to adapt an existing Open Educational Resource (OER) to match faculty learning outcomes or to create new learning material that will be licensed openly. Applications are due on Friday, June 9, 2023. For any questions or interest in OER contact

OER/Affordable Course Content Award Program, 2023-2024

  • ADAPT: Adapt one or more existing OER customized to your instructional needs. Funded at up to $2,000
  • CREATE: Create or author new learning materials that will be licensed openly. Funding depends on project scope, ranging from $3,000 for an individual project to $20,000 for a departmental project that includes major course redesign for high enrollment courses. 

The Affordable Course Content Awards page has full guidelines and application materials. Apply by  Friday, June 9, 2023.

“I’m very excited to be part of the 7th annual round of Affordable Course Content Awards and look forward to supporting VCU faculty adapt and create high quality open educational resources that contribute equitably to student success” said Karen Bjork, head of digital libraries and publishing. The VCU Libraries Open and Affordable Course Content initiative has impacted more than 87,000 VCU students and saved them over $7.9 million dollars. More about the initiative’s impact  

Funding for the 2023 Affordable Course Content Awards is provided in part by The Barbara Ford Endowment of the 21st Century Fund and The Friends of VCU Libraries.

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