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
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. Academic Technologies, Online @ VCU, the Office of Disability Support Services, and VCU Bookstore have also committed to serve as resources for award recipients.
Seven faculty projects have been 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.