US: Virginia: Technology Strategic Plan
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"Open Education Resources
Course materials often make up a significant portion of course curricula and having access to them is often essential to a student’s success in the class. However, the increasing costs of college textbooks are creating a significant barrier to the success of students. Over the last decade, the average cost of college textbooks has risen at four times the rate of inflation. For the average community college student, the cost of books can add up to about 72% of their college tuition. The VCCS is actively working to reduce these costs for its students by supporting several innovative initiatives.
- Recommendations for reducing textbook costs across the system from the Textbook Costs and Digital Learning Resources Work Group
- Mini-grants through the Chancellor’s Innovation Fund to develop open educational resources
- Open & Digital Learning Resources Conference to share innovative OER initiatives at institutions across the state.
- Faculty adoption of free openly-licensed materials for high-enrollment courses (12 grants awarded to identify, review, and customize existing high quality OER to incorporate as the only required material in the course)
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