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Textbook and related costs are a well-known barrier to college affordability for students. VIVA’s Open Education Network (OEN) System Membership--of which Mary Baldwin is a part-- allows VIVA to train open education leaders to hold workshops for faculty across the state to support them in using openly available educational materials, including textbooks.
By promoting the use and creation of high-quality educational materials that are free for students, 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.
As part of this initiative, VIVA sponsors up to five faculty reviewers per institution. Reviewers receive OTN training and are paid $200. If you're interested, please contact Carol Creager, University Librarian.
OER Commons website designed to support the open education efforts of Virginia faculty and higher education professionals. In addition to serving as a repository, VIVA Open supports the creation and adaptation of new OER, lesson plans, and courses through the resource and module builder tools.
This amendment requests additional general fund to support a proposal made by the Virtual LIbrary (VIVA) to the Joint Subcommittee on the Future Competitiveness of Virginia Higher Education for open and affordable course content. The funding will enable VIVA to expand the Open Textbook Network pilot, provide course redesign grants to faculty, create a central portal for faculty to select affordable textbooks, and coordinate and assess the program. In addition to making higher education more affordable, the program will allow for increased student engagement and create courses with a more outcome-centered approach.
In a landmark victory for the Open Education movement, the U.S. Congress has included funding for a $5 million open textbook grant program in the Fiscal Year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill. This marks the first major investment by Congress explicitly in open educational resources (OER) as a solution to the high cost of college textbooks, and underscores that course materials are a significant factor in making higher education affordable.
Responses from over 2,700 U.S. faculty paint both a "Good news" and a "Bad news" picture for the role of open educational resources (OER) in U.S. higher education. ...The most serious issues continue to be the effort needed to find and evaluate suitable material.