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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 resources.

New in 2017: 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 to incentivize faculty to adopt or create free or low cost alternatives to expensive textbooks.

The application period has closed. Applicants will be notified of award decisions on March 17, 2017. Project timelines may vary but must be completed by June 1, 2018, with implementation expected Fall 2018 at the latest. For more information, see award guidelines and eligibility.

Adopt Awards

Redesign your course to incorporate existing low-cost or free educational resources. $500 per person, capped at $3,000 per course.

Author Awards

Create a substantially new open textbook or open 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.

Partners and resources

These VCU partners have committed to work with awardees:


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
All Libraries
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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