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 partnered 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 also committed to serve as resources for award recipients.
Five faculty projects were selected to receive awards to adopt and author open educational resources that will replace more costly course materials. The faculty recipients will be working on their projects throughout the 2018-19 academic year, with projects implemented throughout the year and into fall 2019.
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.