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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

  SPARC Member  

OER LibGuide

Overview

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.

Campus Details

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OER Programs

Affordable Course Content Assistant

In the fall of 2017, VCU Libraries created a new type of student position, the Affordable Course Content Assistant, with the following responsibilities:

--Advance affordable course content projects, including the Affordable Course
Content Award program
--Identify opportunities for affordable course content adoption on campus,
especially among high-enrollment courses
--Identify and promote applicable library resources for use as course content
--Assist in the development and implementation of an outreach plan to faculty,
administration, and students
--Assist in tracking affordable course content adoption on campus, measuring
student savings and academic success, and communicating impact
--Research best practices and emerging opportunities in affordable course content
initiatives

Duration: 09/2017 - Present

Program Webpage: https://www.library.vcu.edu/services/faculty/course-content/

Scope: Affordable course content, including cost-free course content and OER

Primary OER Strategy: OER Awareness

Secondary OER Strategies: OER Adoption, OER Curation, OER Adaptation, OER Review/Assessment, OER Publication

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Affordable Course Content Awards

VCU Libraries, the Office of the Provost, the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence and the ALT Lab are partnering to provide financial awards and other types of support for faculty adoption and creation of free or low cost alternatives to expensive textbooks. Academic Technologies, Online @ VCU, Student Accessibility and Educational Opportunity, and the VCU Bookstore have also committed to serve as resources for award recipients.

In the first year of the program, seven faculty projects were selected to receive awards to author open textbooks and other course content. The faculty recipients are working on their projects throughout the 2017-18 academic year, with implementation expected by fall 2018. The program is currently accepting applications for the second round of awards.

Program Type:

Duration: 07/2017 - Present

Program Webpage: https://www.library.vcu.edu/services/faculty/course-content/

Scope: Affordable course content, including cost-free course content and OER

Primary OER Strategy: OER Adoption

Secondary OER Strategies: OER Pedagogy, OER Adaptation, OER Publication

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Total Program Funding to Date: $ 40,000

Total Student Savings to Date: $ 320,000

Incentives Offered by the Program:

Conditions: Recipients are required to openly license and freely share resources created or adapted

Total amount of incentive grants awarded to date: $ 18,750

Total number of incentive grants awarded to date: 7

Typical amount of each grant: $ 2,500


OER Resources

Affordable Course Content

A guide on affordable course content, with a main focus on open educational resources, including how to find, evaluate, adapt, and author OER.

Resource Permissions:
CC BY NC SA

Resource Citation:
Miller, H. Affordable Course Content. Retrieved from http://guides.library.vcu.edu/oer/introduction



Point of Contact

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