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Affordable Course Content Awards Program

The Affordable Course Content Awards Program is a partnership of the 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. This program supports faculty adoption of zero-cost resources and creation of openly-licensed alternatives to expensive textbooks.

Applications are invited in three categories:

  • Adopt: Redesign your course to incorporate open or free educational resources, with little to no editorial changes made to the resource.
  • Adapt: Modify an open resource, combine and/or modify multiple open resources, or create ancillaries for an existing resource.
  • Create: Create a substantially new openly licensed resource, where it is possible to demonstrate that quality resources are not currently available to meet learning objectives.

For more information, see the full award guidelines.

The deadline for the Intent to Submit application has passed. If you are interested in the awards, please contact Jessica Kirschner, Open Educational Resources Librarian, at kirschnerj2@vcu.edu.

Faculty who have submitted their intent to apply must submit the full application by June 30, 2019. The award committee will notify applicants of award decisions by July 8, 2019. Project timelines may vary but must be implemented by Fall 2020 at the latest.

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2018 affordable course content award program

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.

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