"VIVA Open Textbook Network: Student Savings Exceed Expectations in Pilot Year!" Virtual Library of Virginia. 2 February 2018. http://www.vivalib.org/committees/outreach/product_announcements/VIVA-OTN-2018.html.
Textbook and related costs are a well-known barrier to college affordability for students. VIVA’s Open Textbook Network (OTN) System Membership --of which Mary Baldwin is a part-- allows VIVA to train open education leaders who will hold workshops for faculty across the state to support them in making greater use of openly available educational materials, including textbooks, which are free of cost to students.
By promoting the use and creation of high-quality educational materials that are free for students to use, this initiative will increase affordability in higher education, promote student success, and empower Virginia faculty to contribute to the growing field of open course materials.