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Connect OER

Open Education

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA, United States
Official Website @vcu

Type: Public 4-Year, Research University
Annual Enrollment: 30,848

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OER LibGuide


There is OER interest and advocacy across Virginia Commonwealth University. Notable efforts include open textbooks from the Department of Mathematics; Richard Hammock's Book of Proof and VCU Precalculus. The Department of Art Education's CurrentLab project, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, is a research initiative devoted to the development of digital arts education, developing curriculum, teaching tools, and best practices for visual arts educators (CC BY NC). The Department of Foreign Languages has been incorporating OER into their curriculum with a focus on authentic lanuage, using web conferencing partnerships with students in other countries and having students curate material in source languages. The University College replaced a required writing text with an online writing guide, that is used by 4,000 students a year. The Academic Learning Transformation Lab manages a connected learning platform, Ram Pages with more than 24,000 student and course sites. VCU Libraries has been a consortial member of the Open Textbook Network since summer of 2016, running a number of open textbook network workshops, and serving as a regional system leader within the state of Virginia.

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.

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Point of Contact

Jimmy Ghaphery
Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communications and Publishing, VCU Libraries