Grants available for adoption of open education resources

Are you interested in textbook affordability for W&M students? If so, you may want to explore open educational resources (OER). Virginia’s academic library consortium, VIVA, is now offering grants to fund up to $30,000 per applicant or applicant team for adopting, adapting or creating openly-licensed textbooks and/or course materials.

Funds can cover faculty/staff time and compensation, including course release time, overload pay, and replacement coverage, depending on institutional and departmental policies. Successful applications will be selected on the basis of:

  • Potential for student savings, including class enrollment and existing resource costsOER: Open Education Resources
  • Use of Open Educational Resources (freely available and free to be modified)
  • Frequency of course offering, with a preference for high-enrollment, required courses, and/or courses that are part of the SCHEV Passport Program
  • Impact of the project on open education, such as the development of high quality resources in areas for which no other open content is currently available
  • Preference for statewide reach through multi-institutional efforts
  • Commitment to continue offering the course for future years
  • Agreement to the terms of the grant and required activities

The RFP, application,  evaluation criteria and more are described on the VIVA Course Redesign Grants program page. VIVA will be offering a webinar on the program next Wednesday, Dec 12 at 10 a.m. and there are two additional webinars scheduled in January. Applications are due January 31, 2019.

If you have any questions about the program or about implementing affordable textbooks or course materials, please contact Digital Scholarship Librarian Marian Taliaferro at mgtaliaferro@wm.edu.