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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 fall into 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.

We are not currently accepting applications. If you are interested in the awards, would like additional information, or would like to be notified when the next cycle opens, please contact Jessica Kirschner, Open Educational Resources Librarian, at

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Learn more about the program and our projects.

2019 award recipients

Six faculty projects were selected to receive awards to adopt, adapt, or author free and open educational resources to replace more costly texts in their classes and tailor resources to course goals, both lowering student textbook costs and increasing student success. The faculty recipients will be working on their projects throughout the 2019-20 academic year, with implementation expected in Fall 2020.

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