Congratulations to VIVA’s Open Textbook Network System and Campus Leaders! (A full list of participants can be found here.)
Textbook and related costs are a well-known barrier to college affordability for students. VIVA’s Open Texbook Network System membership will allow VIVA to train 33 open education library 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.
The three System Leaders – Olivia Reinauer (Tidewater Community College), James Ghaphery (Virginia Commonwealth University), and Claudia Holland (George Mason University) – will be attending an intensive summer training institute at the University of Minnesota in August. The twenty-nine Campus Leaders will be attending a full day of training in Virginia at James Madison University on October 6th.
This is a wonderful opportunity for selected VIVA members to work across the state on an exciting open education initiative. Thank you to all of the participants! It’s an exciting time for Virginia higher education!