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Open and 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, low-cost or open educational resources that can serve as alternatives to high-cost course materials.

2019 Affordable Course Content Awards

VCU Libraries, the Office of the Provost, the ALT Lab and Online@VCU, and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence are partnering for a third round of awards to support faculty adoption of zero-cost resources and creation of openly-licensed alternatives to expensive textbooks.

Learn more and apply for an Affordable Course Content Award. 

VIVA E Textbook Portal

The VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal helps faculty find textbooks for their courses. Faculty can select from over 200,000 titles that include open access books, currently available ebooks, and ebooks available for purchase on request.



VCU Libraries

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Richmond, VA 23284-2033
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(804) 828-1111
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509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
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