Affordable course content
The high cost of course materials is a concern for both students and parents, and it has also been shown to place many students at academic risk. "Affordable course content" describes any free or low-cost educational resources that can serve as alternatives to high-cost course materials.
- Getting-started guide to affordable course content and open educational resources
- List of course-friendly digital content from VCU Libraries including ebooks and other digital texts
- Place physical copies of course materials on reserve to ensure all students in the class have access
- Consult with your librarian to learn about affordable course content in your discipline
2018 affordable course content award program
VCU Libraries, the Office of the Provost, the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and the ALT Lab are partnering for a second round of awards to support faculty adoption and creation of free or low cost alternatives to expensive textbooks. Academic Technologies, Online @ VCU, Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity, and the VCU Bookstore have also committed to serve as resources for award recipients.
Completed application forms are due April 16, 2018. The award committee will notify applicants by of award decisions by April 30, 2018. Project timelines may vary but must be completed by June 1, 2019, with implementation expected by Fall 2019 at the latest. For more information, see the full award guidelines.
Applications are invited in two categories:
Redesign your course to incorporate existing low-cost or free educational resources. $1000 per person, capped at $3,000 per course. Special consideration may be given to larger departmental projects.
Create a substantially new openly licensed textbook or course content where it is possible to demonstrate that quality resources are not currently available to meet learning objectives. $2,000 per person, capped at $6,000 per course.
Information sessions on this award opportunity will be offered. Attendance is recommended but not required.
Friday, Feb. 16, noon - 1:00 p.m., James Branch Cabell Library, Room 250
Monday, Feb. 19, noon - 1:00 p.m., Tompkins-McCaw Library, Lecture Room 2-010
Tuesday, Feb. 27, noon - 1:00 p.m., James Branch Cabell Library, Room 250
2017 award recipients
Seven faculty projects were selected to receive awards to author open textbooks or other course content that will replace more costly course materials. The faculty recipients will be working on their projects throughout the 2017-18 academic year, with implementation expected by fall 2018.