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Open and affordable course content

The high cost of course materials is a concern for both students and parents. These costs 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. Faculty interested in open or affordable course content can:

2019 VIVA Course Redesign Grants

The second round of VIVA Course Redesign Grants is open for applications. 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. Applications are due September 30, 2019.

Learn more about the VIVA Course Redesign Grants.

2019 Affordable Course Content Awards

VCU Libraries, the Office of the Provost, the ALT Lab and Online@VCU, the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Academic Technologies, and Barnes and Noble @ VCU 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 about the Affordable Course Content Awards. 

VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal

The VIVA Faculty Textbook Portal helps faculty find ebooks that can be used as course materials. . 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

James Branch Cabell Library Monroe Park Campus
901 Park Ave., Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-1111
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Tompkins-McCaw Library MCV Campus
509 N. 12th St., Box 980582
Richmond, VA 23298-0582
Toll-free: (844) 352-7399
(804) 828-0636

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